Beginnings at Kettle's Yard

Letter writing in the 1940s was the catalyst for a new exhibition 

Transatlantic correspondence between Jim Ede, the founder of Kettle’s Yard, and key American abstract expressionist, Richard Pousette-Dart, is the catalyst behind the gallery’s latest exhibition. 

Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings is the first solo exhibition of his work in the UK. In the 1940s – when he first met Ede – Pousette-Dart played a crucial role in the development of the New York School and the genesis of abstract expressionism, which changed US art in the post-war years.

His contemporaries included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. He created layered paintings and experimented with drawing, photography and sculpture.

Most of the works at the exhibition have been borrowed from American museums and are on display in the UK for the first time.

The exhibition, which starts on 23 October, runs until 6 January.