Richard Pousette-Dart (1916 - 1992)



Born, June 8, St. Paul, Minnesota


Begins painting at age 8


Enrolls at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Leaves before end of academic year to paint and sculpt on his own

1936 - 7

Creates small brass sculptures which employ biomorphic and geometric forms that recur in his paintings


Moves to New York City

Assistant to sculptor Paul Manship


Artist's Gallery, New York. First one-man exhibition


Meets Evelyn Gracey, a poet


Participates in Forty American Moderns at Howard Putzel's 67 Gallery with Milton rpousettedart, Stuart Davis, Adolph Gottlieb, Morris Graves, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Mark Tobey

Participates in Spring Salon for Young Artists at Peggy Guggenheim's, Art of This Century, with William Baziotes, David Hare, Motherwell, Pollock and Hedda Sterne


Marries Evelyn Gracey


Birth of daughter, Joanna


Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Moves to Sloatsburg, New York

Lectures at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Birth of son, Jonathan.

The Whitney Museum of American Art acquires The Magnificent, 1950-51


Moves to Monsey, New York

Peggy Guggenheim gives Spirit to Tel Aviv Museum as part of a bequest of 27 paintings including works by Baziotes, André Masson, Pollock, and Yves Tanguy


Moves to Suffern, New York


Receives Ford Foundation Grant

1959 - 61

Teaches painting at the New School for Social Research, New York


Awarded M.V. Kohnstamm Prize, The Art Institute of Chicago, 64th Annual American Painting and Sculpture Exhibition

Participates in VI Bienial do Museu de Arte Moderna in S‹o Paulo, Brazil


Museum of Modern Art, New York acquires Radiance, 1962-63


Second prize, 29th Biennial of Contemporary American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


Delivers Convocation Lecture at Minneapolis School of Art

Receives the Arts Award for Excellence from the National Council


Receives the National Endowment for the Arts Award for Individual Artists

1970 - 74

Teaches painting at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York


First trip to Europe, visits Paris, Chartres, Rome, Florence and London


Summers in Provence, France


Joins Andrew Crispo Gallery

Receives mural commission for North Central Bronx Hospital, New York


Travels to Antibes, France. Stays near Picasso Museum.


Participates in symposium, Abstract Expressionsim: Idea and Symbol, sponsored by University of Virginia, panelists include

Lee Krasner and Robert Motherwell.  Gail Levin, Associate Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, presents a paper, Richard Pousette-Dart's Painting and Sculpture: Form, Poetry and Significance


Joins Marisa del Re Gallery, New York


Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award


The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquires Presence, Ramapo Horizon, 1975.


Milton rpousettedart Distinguished Professor of Arts, Bard College


Participates in The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Individual Visual Artist Award, Arts Council of Rockland County, New York


Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to do monumental bronze door entitled, Cathedral

Commissioned to design the Interfaith Center, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights


Dies October 25, New York City


Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart joins Knoedler & Company, New York



Addison Gallery of American Art,
Andover, Massachusetts

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Brooklyn Museum, New York

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Detroit Institute of Art, Michigan

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California

Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, Virginia

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Museum of American Art,
Washington, D.C.

Newark Museum, New Jersey

Palazzo degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, California

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania

The Joseph and Emily Pulitzer Collection,
St. Louis, Missouri

John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art,
Sarasota, Florida

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University,
Waltham, Massachusetts

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art,
New York

J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

Tel Aviv Museum, Israel

H.H. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection,
Lugano, Switzerland

Edward A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

Washington University Gallery of Art,
St. Louis, Missouri

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York