There are numerous vivid color and sculpture-like drawings on papers presenting in the biggest room in The Drawing Center. "Richard Pousette-Dart 1930s" showing Dart's painting, drawing and craft brasses he made between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five.
In 1930s, Dart was fascinated by sculpture and made numerous figure studies on papers. The studies content the dance, animal, African mask, and human heads. It is amazing to see how mature the works were when he made them in such a young age. By his drawing, people can see the influences by Picasso and Matisse with his geometric forms and bright color.
The figure drawings explore the concerns about sculpture, and working three-dimensionally. At the same time, we can see how Dart influenced by African, Oceanic, and Native American art by his abstract and geometric forms. On the other hand, Dart designed a lot of adorable flat and small sculptures- brasses with a non-figurative way. We can see snake, water, and leaf by the forms of symbols and organic shapes. The brasses are somehow like the drawings he made, but with more fluency lines on them. Since Dart has a long career as an artist and become a very famous in the New York City, it is amazing to have such an exhibition to see the artist’s early life and the pattern of his creation.