Jules Olitski  (American, 1922-2007) 

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Jules Olitski (American, 1922–2007) was a painter and sculptor, born in Snovsk, Russia (currently Shchors, Ukraine). In 1923, he moved with his mother to New York City, NY, where he developed an interest in drawing at a young age and had the opportunity to view and study art frequently. While studying in Paris between 1949 and 1951, he was exposed to works by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963), and Jean Dubuffet (French, 1901–1985), among others, which further inspired his interest in the arts.

After his first solo exhibition in Paris, he returned to New York City in 1951. Until 1955, Olitski studied philosophy and art education at New York University. At this time, he began painting monochromatic Abstract works. He experimented with different methods of applying pigments to canvases by using sponges and brushes and by pouring or spraying paint directly to the surface. These techniques made Olitski a prominent figure in the color field painting style. In 1969, Olitski became the first living artist to be featured in a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. His works are included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, among many others.

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Jules Olitski, Irkutsk Dawn

 

Jules Olitski
Irkutsk Dawn
1970-1971

Auction: Apr 30, 2014
Dallas Auction Gallery
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Jules Olitski, Other Flesh 12

 

Jules Olitski
Other Flesh 12
1972

Auction: Apr 30, 2014
Dallas Auction Gallery
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Jules Olitski, Rambam-4

 

Jules Olitski
Rambam-4
1976

Viviane Bregman Fine Art
Jules Olitski, Warm Up

 

Jules Olitski
Warm Up
2011

Baker Sponder Gallery
Jules Olitski, Sevilla

 

Jules Olitski
Sevilla
2008

Baker Sponder Gallery
Jules Olitski, Reorder

 

Jules Olitski
Reorder
2012

Baker Sponder Gallery
Jules Olitski, Reorder

 

Jules Olitski
Reorder
2012

Baker Sponder Gallery
Jules Olitski, Tradition Memory

 

Jules Olitski
Tradition Memory
1984

Jimmy D. Robinson, Inc.
Jules Olitski, Rake’s Progress #4

 

Jules Olitski
Rake’s Progress #4
1987

Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery
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Jules Olitski, Madonna Sign

 

Jules Olitski
Madonna Sign, 1985
water based acrylic on canvas

 

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Jules Olitski, Expanse

 

Jules Olitski
Expanse, 1988
water and oil based acrylic on canvas

 

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Jules Olitski, Salome Dream

 

Jules Olitski
Salome Dream, 1984
acrylic on canvas

 

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1922   Born Jevel Demikovosky on March 27th in Snovsk, Ukraine
1923   Emigrated with his mother to Brooklyn, NY
1939   Scholarship to the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1939 - 1942   Attended National Academy of Design, New York, NY
1940 - 1942   Attended Beaux Arts Institute, New York, NY
1949   Studied with Ossip Zadkine in the Zadkine School of Sculpture
1949 - 1950   Attended the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris, France
1952   B.S., New York University, New York, NY
1954   M.A., New York University, New York, NY
1954 - 1955   Associate Professor of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
1955 - 1956   Curator, New York University Art Education Gallery, New York, NY
1956 - 1963   Art Instructor and Fine Arts Department Coordinator, C. W. Post College, Long Island University, Greenvale, NY
1964   Awarded Purchase Prize, Ford Foundation, New York, NY
1963 - 1967   Instructor in Art, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
1967   First Prize and Gold Medal, 30th Biennial Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
1975   Distinction in the Arts Award, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
1987   Sally and Milton Avery Professor, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
1991   Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sceinces, Cambridge, MA
1993   Associate, National Academician, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
2007   Died on February 4th in New York, NY
2011   Embracing Circles, Inaugural Exhibition, FreedmanArt, New York, NY (solo)
2011   Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski, Curated by E.A Careman, Jr., Karen Wilkin and Alison de Lima Greene, Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO; Travelling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Toledo Museum of Arts, Toledo, OH; the Katzen Arts Center at American University, Washington, DC
2010   Jules Olitski: Prints (1954-2007), The Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, OH (solo)
2010   Jules Olitski: Circles Embraced, 1959-1964, Hackett Mill, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2009   Jules Olitski: An Inside View, A Survey of Prints, 1954-2007, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC (solo)
2009   Jules Olitski: An Inside View, The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, George Washington University, Washington, DC (solo)
2008   Jules Olitski An Inside View, A Survery of Prints 1954-2007, The Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT (solo)
2007   In Circulation: Works on Paper, The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, George Washington University, Washington, DC (solo)
2007   Jules Olitski: The Late Paintings, A Celebration, Knoedler & Company, New York, NY (solo)
2007   Jules Olitski: Selected Paintings and Sculpture from the 1980s, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
2006   Jules Olitski: The Seventies Painting and Sculpture, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2006   Jules Olitski: Works on Paper, The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, The George Washington University, Washington, DC (solo)
2005   Jules Olitski, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI (solo)
2005   Jules Olitski - Matter Embraced: Paintings 1950s and Now, Knoedler & Company, New York, NY (solo)
2005   Jules Olitski: Six Decades, The Goldman Warehouse, Miami, FL (solo)
2004   Jules Olitski: Half a Life's Work: Selected Paintings 1972–2002, The Singer Gallery at the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, Denver, CO (solo)
2003   American Master: Important Paintings and Works on Paper, Marianne Friedland Gallery, Naples, FL
2003   Jules Olitski: Spray Paintings of the 1960s, Ameringer/Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
2003   Voyages: Recent Paintings by Jules Olitski, The McIninch Art Gallery, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH (solo)
2003   Jules Olitski: A Ten-Year Retrospective 1993–2003, Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, Keene State College, Keene, NH (solo)
2002   Jules Olitski, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI (solo)
2002   With Love and Disregard: New Paintings by Jules Olitski - an 80th Birthday Celebration, Ameringer/Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
2002   Jules Olitski: New Acrylics and Watercolors, Gallery V, Columbus, OH (solo)
2002   1960s Paper, Ameringer/Howard/Yohe, New York, NY
2002   Landscapes, Ameringer/Howard/Yohe, Boca Raton, FL
2002   Jules Olitski: Recent Works, Marianne Friedland Gallery, Naples, FL (solo)
2002   Ameringer/Yohe Fine Art, Boca Raton, FL
2002   Jules Olitski: Passages, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2002   Jules Olitski, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia (solo)
2002   Jules Olitski: Watercolors and Pastels, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR (solo)
2001 - 2002   Jules Olitski: New Works on Paper and Intimate Paintings, Ameringer/Howard/ Yohe Fine Art, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
2001 - 2002   Olitski: Works on Paper, the 1960s, Ameringer/Howard/Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
2001   Jules Olitski, C.W. White Gallery, Portland, ME (solo)
2001   Jules Olitski, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent School of Art & Design, Nottingham, UK; In association with Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK and John Kasmin Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2001   Jules Olitski: New Work on Paper, Ameringer/Howard Gallery, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
2001   Dorothy Blau Gallery, Bay Harbor Island, FL
2001   Jules Olitski: New Works on Paper, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI (solo)
2001   Jules Olitski, C.W. White Gallery, Portland, ME (solo)
1999 - 2001   Five Decades of Jules Olitski: A Traveling Retrospective Including Prints, Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL; Traveled to The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH (solo)
2000   Jules Olitski, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia; In association with Bernard Jacobson, London, UK (solo)
2000   Jules Olitski, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (solo)
2000   Jules Olitski, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI (solo)
2000   Jules Olitski: New Work, Ameringer/Howard Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
1999   Marianne Friedland Gallery, Naples, FL
1996   Contemporary Masters, Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL
1995   Monotypes, Long Fine Arts, New York, NY
1991   Galeria Afinsa, Porto, Portugal
1990   Retrospective, Salander O'Reilly Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
1989   Print Retrospective, Associated American Artists, New York, NY
1987   Galerie Wentzel, Cologne, Germany
1987   M. Knoedler & Co., New York, NY
1985   La Musée de Valence, Valence, France
1984   Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
1984   Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1973   Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
1969   Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (solo)
1967   30th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Painters, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1966   Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
1961   The Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting & Sculpture, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
1958   Zodiac Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1951   Galerie Huit, Paris, France (solo)