YARES ART is pleased to present Jules Olitski—100 Paintings, 100 Years: A Centennial Retrospective, on view in New York, October 1 through January 14, 2023. A pioneer in the Color Field movement, Jules Olitski (1922–2007) is known for his luminous abstract paintings characterized by shifting planes of color and lush textural nuances.
100 works highlighting all seven decades of the artist’s life are showcased. Some fifty major examples, from the 1940s to his last years, will be on view at the Gallery’s New York venue, rotating with a chronological selection of other important pieces concurrently on view at Yares Art, Santa Fe and The Art Show hosted by the ADAA in New York (November 3 through 6, 2022).
The exhibition opens with Self Portrait from 1942, flanked by stellar examples of the artist’s early “Matter Paintings” series of the 1950s, made from thick layers of spackle on canvas, and his “Spray” paintings of the ‘60s and ‘70s. His “Core” paintings, such as Last Hand (1963), with saturated arcs of pigment, demonstrate the artist’s skill as a colorist. The “Squeegee” paintings of the ’60s and ’70s—like Third Manchu (1974) — and the “High Baroque” paintings of the ’80s and ’90s—exemplified in Code of Shem (1990)—feature infinite chromatic fields with dense impasto surfaces and swirling, iridescent color. Late works such as Prince Patutsky Memoir: Pink (2004), merge abstraction with references to the sea and landscape environs of his Maine studio, lending an emotional dénouement to Olitski’s fundamentally romantic vision of art and life.
Jules Olitski was born in Snovsk, USSR (now Ukraine), in 1922. He immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1923 and settled in Brooklyn. Olitski held his first one-person show in Paris in 1951 and received an M.A. in art education from New York University three years later. In the decade following, he taught at Bennington College from 1963-67. His 1959 exhibition at French & Company garnered critical attention, and he went on to hold more than 150 solo exhibitions internationally in his lifetime. Olitski’s works are included in major public and private collections throughout the world.
A lavishly illustrated 200-page catalogue will accompany the exhibition with an essay by art historian Alex Grimley and an introduction by Pulitzer-winning author and art critic Elizabeth Frank.
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