Jules Olitski

Russian-American, 1922–2007

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Jules Olitski

Russian-American, 1922–2007

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One of the original Color Field painters to emerge in the 1950s, Jules Olitski was deeply concerned with the physical properties of paint. In his early career, Olitski depicted abstract shapes with thick, heavily impastoed surfaces, but later took to layering thin films of spraypaint onto his canvases, creating a trademark atmospheric effect. Olitski was always drawn to bright color, experimenting with unusual color harmonies and chromatic shifts. He would eventually return to impasto, experimenting with acrylic paints, binders, and gels that were not previously available.

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Tate, and 3 more
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Artforum
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

One of the original Color Field painters to emerge in the 1950s, Jules Olitski was deeply concerned with the physical properties of paint. In his early career, Olitski depicted abstract shapes with thick, heavily impastoed surfaces, but later took to layering thin films of spraypaint onto his canvases, creating a trademark atmospheric effect. Olitski was always drawn to bright color, experimenting with unusual color harmonies and chromatic shifts. He would eventually return to impasto, experimenting with acrylic paints, binders, and gels that were not previously available.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Shows Featuring Jules Olitski
Articles Featuring Jules Olitski
The Singular Work of Dan Christensen Celebrated in Retrospective at Berry Campbell Gallery
Sep 30th, 2015
Jules Olitski: “Expect Nothing, Do Your Work, Celebrate”
Apr 8th, 2014
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