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Artist of the moment…….Joanna Pousette- Dart



Joanna Pousette- Dart is the daughter of renown French abstract painter R. Dart. Joanna Pousette- Dart is also an abstract painter who was born in New York in the year 1947. She often works trying to portray motion through space.

Pousette- Dart attended Bennington College located in Bennington, Vermont.

In this clip we visit a show from 2007 featuring Joanna Pousette- Dart with James Kalm:

The artist has taught at many colleges including Hunter College and Yale University.

Pousette- Dart is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and also awards and grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

The artist is part of many museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

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I enjoy the many imaginative shapes employed by Joanna Pousette- Dart. Some works at first glance remind me of First Nations artists because of the shapes and color used by the artist.


Artist of the moment……Odili Odita


Odili Odita was born in Enugu,  Nigeria. For his collegiate education Donald Odita attended Bennington College before going onto graduate school and an M.F.A. from Ohio State University.

The artist is now based out of New York City and Philadelphia.

The artist has taken part in the Venice Biennial Exhibition.

Odita has also taught at the collegiate level and is currently teaching at the Tyler School of Art which is part of Temple University.  located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Price range information: Sorry none available. The artist works in oils and acrylics.

Here is a link to the website of Donald Odili Odita:

In this clip we view another large commission painted by Odita for the New Orleans Museum of Art which is titled Forever:




In this clip we view a wonderful time lapse video that shows a huge mural titled Heaven’s Gate :

What a wonderful use of color and shapes! His works seem to vibrate and have a sense of movement that reminds one of the Op Art movement and artists such as Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.


Artist of the moment…….Phyllis Plattner



Phyllis Plattner is wonderful artist renowned for her still life paintings. Phyllis Plattner was born in 1940 and grew up in New York City. For her artistic education Plattner attended the New York City High School of Music and Art. Plattner went on to college earning a bachelors degree from Bennington College located in Bennington, Vermont.

Plattner earned a M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate Schoo.

Plattner counts Bonnard, the wonderful painter of female nudes and floral scenes as a major influence.

Plattner works in many mediums including acrylics, oils, printmaking, and watercolor.

A link to the website of the artist:

What I enjoy most about Plattner’s work is the fact she paints looking down at objects rather than the traditional boring still life. Plattner is great at using a mixture of shapes on her canvas and does a wonderful job and finding many different textures in her paintings to keep the interest of the viewer.

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Another artist who paints many works looking down is the Dutch artist Kenne Gregoire, profiled here already.


Artist of the moment……….Emily Mason

Emily Mason is the daughter of painter Alice Trumbull Mason. Emily Mason was born in the year 1932 in New York City. Mason is a associated with the abstract movement. For her artistic education Emily Mason attended Bennington College for a couple of years and finished her schooling Cooper Union in New York City. Mason is also associated with the color field painters.

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First a shout out to Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason for being the longest married artistic couple I have profiled. The two artists have been married 56 years, but have rarely shown their works side by side. Here we visit one of these rare showings of both artists:

The artist also was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship which allowed her to study art overseas in Italy.

She is married to one of my favorite painters and my favorite abstract artist who works with pastels, Wolf Kahn. Below some works by Wolf Kahn. I have always been a fan of his work because similar to Len Chmiel, he uses unique color combinations not usually seen in the landscape. His blend of color field painting and realism leads to very unique designs.

Her mother founded the American Abstract Artist group. The abstract movement hadn’t yet caught the momentum that would in later years.

Emily Mason has been a professor at Hunter College.

What a wonderful artistic family!