JULES OLITSKI / JANUARY 19 - FEBRUARY 1, 2016

Jan Five, 1982    Acrylic on canvas    67 x 36  inches

Jan Five, 1982    Acrylic on canvas    67 x 36  inches

Jules Olitski was born in Snovsk, Soviet Russia in 1922 and received his BA in 1952 and his MFA in 1954 from New York University. In the 1950s Olitski met American art critic Clement Greenberg who included the artist in a group exhibition at French & Company in 1958. The exhibition included artists Morris Louis, Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland and David Smith. In 1966, Olitski was selected as one of four artist to represent the United States in the Venice Biennale and in 1969 he became the first living American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

Major exhibitions include Jules Olitski Plexiglas, 1986, Paul Kasmin, NY (2016)Make Room for Color Field, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO (2015); Jules Olitski 1970: A Decade of Innovation, Leslie Feely Gallery, NY (2015); Revelations: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski, organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by E.A. Carmean, Karen Wilkin and Alison de Lima Greene, Kansas City, MO (2011); Caro and Olitski: Master of Abstraction Draw the Figure, New York Studio School of Drawing, New York, NY (1996); Jules Olitski, Fondation du Chateau de Jau, Perpignan, France (1984); the Structure of Color, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1971); Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA (1961).

His work is included in numerous collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Kunstmuseum Nordrheim-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Musee d' Art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Tate Modern, London. 

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