Jules Olitski 1922 —2007

Biography

Clement Greenberg was instrumental in the rise to prominence of the entire Color Field school and felt that Olitski was, "the greatest painter alive," even as late as 1990. With his support, Olitski became one of the most famous painters in America during the late 1960s.

Oltiski wanted to create paintings that looked like, "nothing but some colors sprayed into the air and staying there." With this intention, he began to experiment with spray guns in 1965, a technique which allowed him to remove the illusion of depth to an even greater degree than possible with techniques like staining.

Olitski reached the zenith of his fame in the late 1960s, during which he represented the United States at the 1966 Venice Biennale, and was the subject of a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"I think of painting as possessed by a structure.. but a structure born of the flow of color feeling. Color in color is felt at any and every place of the pictorial organization; in its immediacy - its particularity. Color must be felt throughout."
Jules Olitski - Painting in Color, 1967.

 

Jules Olitski, is honored in the art history texts as a central figure in the development of abstract and color field painting. Like his contemporaries Frankenthaler and Louis, Olitski stained the surface of the canvas in a technique that reacted against the gestural brushwork of Abstract Expressionism, and with its focus on material and surface, eliminated the illusion of depth. Though extremely important in the early development of Color Field, he spent most of his career out of the limelight, and his lasting influence has not equaled that of colleagues like Helen Frankenthaler.

Color Field painting is defined as  - Paintings with solid areas of color covering the entire canvas, as exemplified in the work of Mark Rothko (American, 1903-1970), Kenneth Noland (American, 1924-), and Jules Olitski (American, 1922-). A type of Abstract Expressionism, these artists were interested in the lyrical or atmospheric effects of vast expanses of color, filling the canvas, and by suggestion, beyond it to infinity. Most color-field paintings are large-- meant to be seen up close so that the viewer is immersed in a color environment.

Olitski grew up in a very modest household and in 1939 he won a scholarship to the Pratt Institute. He studied at the National Academy of Design until 1942, during which time he also took classes at the Beaux Arts Institute on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He served in World War II after completing his studies, which allowed him to attend the Ossip Zadkine School in Paris on the G.I. Bill. This funded the education of many other artists destined to become major members of the second generation of Abstract Expressionism. While in Paris, Olitski also studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, having his first one man show at the Galerie Huit in 1951.

Olitski moved back to New York in 1951 and began studying at New York University, where he earned a B.A. in Art and an M.A. in Art Education in 1954. He took a position as the head of the fine arts division at C.W. Post College of Long Island University in 1956, where he remained for seven years.

During this time, Olitski began to receive recognition in New York as an artist. He exhibited at Iolas Gallery in 1958, and in 1959 he held his first one man show in the city at French & Co. gallery, where the renowned critic Clement Greenberg was a consultant. Greenberg became his steadfast champion and guided his career to its zenith.

By the late 1950s, the gestural abstraction of the New York School began to give way to a group of younger painters who reacted against Action Painting, with its heavy impasto and distinctive brushstrokes. They sought to remove evidence of the hand of the painter in a style dubbed, 'Post-painterly Abstraction', by Clement Greenberg. Olitski, along with Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly, Kenneth Noland, and Morris Louis were the pioneers of this movement. One branch of Post-painterly Abstraction, of which Olitski was a part, employed techniques that included staining the canvas with acrylic pigment to create works called 'Color Field' paintings. Color Field painters stained the actual surface of the canvas, which eliminated the illusion of depth to an even greater degree than their forebears.

When discovered by Greenberg, Olitski was creating monochrome canvases in an Abstract Expressionist idiom influenced by painters like Hans Hofmann. However, in the following years he began using a variety of colors and new techniques marked by experimentation with media and method. His experiments with staining the surface of the canvas can be seen in works like Cleopatra Flesh (1962), which feature the bright dyes that mark his work of that period. During the 1960s, Olitski changed his style rapidly. In 1964 he began using rollers to press paint into the canvas in wispy sheets of almost uninterrupted color, like in Tin Lizzie Green (1964). The surface is broken only at the edges, where Olitski used masking tape to cover the borders, and later painted another color.

Olitski's most important breakthrough came in the Spring of 1965, when he began using spray guns to apply paint. The process of laying down an unprimed, unstretched canvas and spraying simultaneously with several guns was groundbreaking. It removed all vestiges of drawing and the artist's hand. It was considered by some critics - including Michael Fried in his introduction to Olitski's 1967 show at the Corcoran Gallery - to be the apotheosis of the Color Field movement because it, "[made] possible the interpenetration of different colors, the intensity of each of which appears to fluctuate continuously," more fully than any other technique before. Fried went on to say that this interpenetration of color created a new sensation of depth in modern art, "by atomizing color Olitski has atomized, even disintegrated, the picture surface as well." This elimination of depth and new understanding of the picture surface comes closest to Olitski's own intention that his paintings resemble, "nothing but some colors sprayed into the air and staying there." These works, like End Run (1967), were very well received by critics and are considered the most important of Olitski's career.

With Greenberg's support, Olitski became a major player in the New York avant-garde and was chosen to represent the United States, along with Frankenthaler, Kelly, and Roy Lichtenstein, at the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966. For the introduction to the catalogue, Greenberg heaped praise upon Olitski in particular, who he said, "has turned out what I don't hesitate to call masterpieces in every phase of his art." Olitski's star continued to rise throughout the late 1960s as he was the subject of a major exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in 1967, and received the honor of having a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1969.

However, in the early 1970s Olitski changed his modus operandi yet again and began applying paint in a thick impasto, which hearkened back to the gestural abstraction of his predecessors. Though he had a major show in 1973 at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts that also traveled to the Whitney, the tide of critical opinion began to turn against Olitski. By the mid 1970s, Post-painterly Abstraction had been challenged by Pop, Minimalist and then Conceptual art. Olitski continued to paint as he liked, and his persistence resulted in harsh reviews from critics like Hilton Kramer, who wrote that in the 1973 retrospective, "the only [works] that remain of interest are the [ones] he was producing in 1962." Equally negative critical response to his forays into sculpture relegated Olitski to the sidelines of the American avant-garde over the protests of Clement Greenberg. The critic's continued assertion that Olitski was the best living American painter - which he maintained until 1990 - probably hastened the decline in Olitski's stature among other critics, and his younger peers.

 

Late Years and Death

Though Olitski might have reached the zenith of his fame in the late 1960s, he was not discouraged by the largely negative critical response to his work in the 1970s and 1980s. He did not return to the spray guns which garnered him so much acclaim, but instead continued to experiment, employing mops and even his fingers to apply paint. During the two decades following his 1973 retrospective, his work saw a large decrease in major exhibitions, and a severe downturn in sales.

Undeterred, Olitski became heavily interested in printmaking and devoted a great deal of his time to this medium and to works on paper, often in watercolor. His later paintings are generally landscapes of the areas around his homes in New Hampshire and Florida, where he worked for the last several decades of his life. This return to the depiction of the natural world was a major departure from a career that avoided any recognizable imagery in favor of pure abstraction.He began a final series of bright, forceful abstractions in the two years before his death, which were exhibited at galleries in New York and received many positive reviews, including Hilton Kramer. Olitski painted until his death from cancer in 2007 at age 84.

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SYNOPTIC BIOGRAPHY - Exhibitions, Bibliography, Collections, Prizes and Grants


INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS:

1951 Galerie Huit, Paris

1958 Iolas Gallery, New York

1959 French & Co., New York

1961 French & Co., New York
Poindexter Gallery, New York

1962 Poindexter Gallery, New York
New Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, Vt

1963 Galleria Santacroce, Florence
Poindexter Gallery, New York
Galleria Topazia Alliata, Rome
Toninelli Arte Moderne, Milan

1964 Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
Poindexter Gallery, New York
Kasmin Gallery, London
Galerie Lawrence, Paris
David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto

1965 Poindexter Gallery, New York (March)
Kasmin Gallery, London
Poindexter Gallery, New York (October)
David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto

1966 Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles
David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York

1967 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (paintings 1963-1967); Pasadena Museum, Ca.
San Francisco Museum of Art Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
Poindexter Gallery, New York

1968 Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in cooperation with
the Hayden Gallery, M.I.T., Cambridge
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto
Kasmin Gallery, London

1969 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Kasmin Gallery, London
Lawrence Rubin Gallery, London

1970 Kasmin Gallery, London
Lawrence Rubin Gallery, New York

1971 David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto

1972 Lawrence Rubin Gallery, New York
David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto

1973 Andre Emmerich Gallery, Zurich
Lawrence Rubin Gallery, New York
David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto
Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York
Pasadena Museum of Modern Art, Pasadena
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (retrospective):
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo;
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1974 Andre Emmerich Gallery, Zurich
Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York
Galleria dell'Ariente, Milan
Corcoran Gallery of Art circulation exhibition 1974-1976:"Jules Olitski: Life Drawings"
David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto

1975 Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York
Waddington Galleries Il, London
Galerie Wentzel, Hamburg
Dart Gallery, Chicago

1976 David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto
Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York
FIAC 1976, Paris (with David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto)
Watson/de Nagy & Co., Houston

1977 Knoedler Contemporary Art, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (sculpture); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington,
D.C.
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Galerie Wentzel, Hamburg

1978 Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto
Harcus-Krakow Gallery, Boston

1979 Andre Emmerich Gallery, Zurich
M. Knoedler & Co., New York
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton

1980 Downstairs Gallery, Edmonton
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
Theo Waddington Galleries, Toronto
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York

1981 M. Knoedler & Co., New York
Gallery One, Toronto
Galerie Wentzel, Hamburg
Janus Gallery, Los Angeles
Knoedler Gallery, London
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
Harcus/Krakow Gallery, Boston
The Downstairs Gallery, Edmonton
Meredith Long & Co., Houston

1982 Gallery One, Toronto
Downstairs Gallery, Edmonton
Harcus/Krakow Gallery, Boston
Meredith Long & Co, Houston
Martha White Gallery, Louisville, Ky

1983 Gallery One, Toronto
M. Knoedler & Co., New York
Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Az
Galerie Wentzel, Cologne
Harcus Gallery, Boston

1984 Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Az
Gallery One, Toronto
Fondation du Chateau De Jau, Perpignan, France (retrospective)
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

1985 La Musee de Valence, Valence, France
Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, N.C.
M. Knoedler & Co., New York
Galerie Wentzel, Cologne (sculpture)
The Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

1986 Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
Yares Gallery, Scottsdale (retrospective 1962-1985)
Gallery One, Toronto
Galerie Wentzel, Cologne
Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Az (plexiglas sculpture)

1987 M. Knoedler & Co., New York
Meredith Long & Co., Houston
Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton
Galerie Wentzel, Cologne
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York (plexiglas sculpture)
Gallery One, Toronto
Edith C. Blum Art Institute, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson

1988 Hokin Gallery, Palm Peach, Fla.
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York (The Early 60's) April
Gallery One, Toronto
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York (December)

1989 Yares Gallery, Scottsdale (Paintings of the 60's)
Associated American Artists, New York (Print Retrospective)
Gallery One, Toronto
Elca London Galerie, Montreal
Francis Graham Dixon Gallery, London
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York (Spray Paintings of the 1960's)

1990 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
Buschlen/Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver (3 Decades)
Gallery One, Toronto (Retrospective)
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, Los Angeles (retrospective);
Afinsa Lagasca, Madrid
Galerie Montaigne, Paris, Francis Graham Dixon Gallery, London

1991 David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown Univ., Providence, RI
Galeria Afinsa, Porto, Portugal
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York

1992 Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Fla
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Berlin

1993 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, Keene State College, Keene, NH (retrospective)

1994 Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Fla
The New Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
Long Fine Arts, New York (monotypes)

1995 C.S. Schulte Galleries, Milburn, NJ (retrospective)
Andre Emmerich, New Yok
Long Fine Arts, New York (monotypes)

1996 Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Fla (retrospective)
Drabinsky-Friedland Galleries, Toronto
Thorne Sagendorph, Keene, NH (landscapes)
Dorthy Blau, Bay Harbor Island, Fla
Long Fine Arts, New York (monotypes)

1997 Marianne Friedland Gallery, Naples, Fla (landscapes)
CS Schulte Gallery, Milburn, NJ (landscapes)
Long Fine Art, New Yok (monotypes)
Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI (landscapes)
Hodecker Gallery, Waterville Valley, NH (landscapes & monoprints)
Belknap Mills, Laconia, NH (landscapes)
Butler Institute, Youngstown, Oh (landscapes)
Drabinsky Friedland Gallery, Toronto (watercolors)
Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Fla (landscapes)

1998 Portland Museum, Portland, Me (landscapes)
Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Md (landscapes)
Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI(landscapes)
Gould Academy, Bethel, Me (monoprints)
Long Fine Art, New York (monoprints)

1999 Metta Gallery April/May, 1999

 

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

- "The 1961 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture", Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pa. Oct. 27, 1961-Jan. 7, 1962.
- "Recent Acquisitions", Museum of Modern Art, New York, Nov. 20, 1962-Jan 3, 1963.
- "Whitney Annual Exhibitions of Contemporary American Painting", Whitney Museum of - American Art, New York, Dec. 11, 1962-Feb 2, 1963.
- "Three New American Painters: Louis, Noland Olitski", Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Regina, Canada, Jan. 11-Feb. 15, 1963.
- "Aspects of 20th Century Painting", Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Ma. Feb. 7-April 7, 1963.
- "The Formalists", The Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, D.C., June 6-July 7, 1963.
- "Directions: American Painting", San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, Sept. 20-Oct. 20, 1963.
- "New Directions in American Painting", Organized by the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Ma. Exhibit at Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, N.Y., Dec. 1, 1963-Jan. 5, 1964;
- Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, La. Feb. 7-March 8, 1964;
- Atlanta Art Association, Atlanta, Ga. March 18-April 22, 1964;
- J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Ky. May 4-June 7, 1964;
- Art Museum, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. June 22-Sept 20, 1964;
- Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. Oct. 5-30, 1964;
- Detroit Institute of Arts, Nov. 10-Dec. 6, 1964.
- "67th Annual American Exhibition", The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, II. Feb. 28-April 12, 1964.
- "The Atmosphere of 1964", Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. April 17-June 1, 1964.
- "Post Painterly Abstraction", Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Apr 23-June 7, 1964;
- Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Min. July 13-Aug. 16, 1964;
- Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Nov. 20-Dec. 20, 1964.
- "American Drawings, 1964", The Solomon Guggenheim Museum, N.Y. Sept. 17-Oct. 27, 1964.
- "Three American Painter (Noland, Olitski and Stella)", Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Ma., April 21-May 30, 1965;
- Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, July 6-Aug. 3, 1965.
- "Ausstellung Signale", Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland, June 26-Sept. 5, 1965.
- "Frankenthaler, Noland, Olitski", New Brunswick Museum, St. John; The Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Regina; The Mendel Art Center, Saskatoon; The Confederation Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 1966.
- "XXXIII International Biennial Exhibition of Art", United States Pavilion, Venice, June 18-Oct. 16, 1966.
- "30th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting", The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Feb. 24-April 19, 1967.
- "Form, Color, Image", Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Mich. April 11-May 32, 1967.
- "Ninth Tokyo Biennale", Tokyo, Japan, May 1967.
- "A Selection of Paintings and Sculptures from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rowan, University of California, Irvine, Ca. May 2-21, 1967; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, June 2-July 2, 1967.
- "Focus on Light", The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, May 20-Sept. 10, 1967.
- "Large-Scale American Paintings", The Jewish Museum, New York, July 11-Sept. 17, 1967.
- "Torcuato di Tella International Prize Exhibition", Instituto Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 29-Oct. 29, 1967.
- "Art for Embassies", organized by the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Sept. 30-Nov. 5, 1967.
- "Jules Olitski: Paintings, 1963-1967", The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., April 28-June 11, 1967; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, Ca. Sept. 26-Nov. 5, 1967.
- "Whitney Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y. Dec. 13, 1967-Feb. 4, 1968.
- "Jules Olitski' Recent Paintings", Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. Feb 21-March 26, 1968; in collaborations with the Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 29-April 23, 1973.
- "Documenta IV", Kassel, Germany, June 27-Oct. 6, 1968.
- "Signals in the '60's", Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 5-Nov 10, 1968.
- "L'Art Vivant, 1965-1968, Foundation Maeght, St. Paul-de Vence, France, April 13-June 30, 1968.
- "Twentieth Century American Art", Albert Pilavin Collection, Oct. 7-Nov. 23, 1968.
- "Selections from the Richard Brown Baker Collection", Art Gallery, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, Jan. 5-Feb. 23, 1969.
- "The Development of Modernist Painting: Jackson Pollock to the Present", Steinberg Art Gallery, Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, Mo. April 1-30, 1969.
- "The Sculpture of Jules Olitski", The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y., April 10-May 18, 1969.
- "Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture: Selections from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Schwartz, Milwaukee Art Center, Jan. 22-Feb. 28, 1971.
- "The Structure of Color", Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, N.Y. Feb. 25-April 18, 1971.
- "Jules Olitski", University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Mich., April 11-May 9, 1971.
- "The Deluxe Show", sponsored by the Menil Foundation, Houston, Tx., Aug. 15-Sept. 12, 1971.
- "The Vincent Melzac Collection", The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1971.
- "Whitney Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y., Jan. 25-March 19, 1972.
- "Color Painting", Amherst College, Amherst, Ma. Feb. 4-March 3, 1972.
- "Abstract Painting in the '70's: A Selection", Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ma. April 14-May
21, 1971.
- "Masters of the Sixties", Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 4-June 4, 1972.
- "Twentieth Century Prints from the Dartmouth Collection", compiled by members of the History
of Prints Seminar, Department of Art, Hanover, N.H., May 19-July 9, 1972.
- "Contemporary Art: The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Gosman, University of Michigan
Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Mich., Sept. 13-Oct 15, 1972.
- "Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y. 1973.
- "Olitski", Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ma. April 6-May 13, 1973;
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y., May 31-July 29, 1973;
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y. Sept 7-Nov. 4, 1973.
- "American Drawings 1963-1973", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y., May 25-July 22, 1973.
- "Ten Years Ago &an Exhibition of Paintings from 1964", David Mirvish Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Fall, 1973.
- "The Great Decade of American Abstraction Modernist Art 1960-1970", The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tx., Jan. 15-March 10, 1974.
- "Choice Dealers/Dealers' Choice", The New York Cultural Center in Association with Fairleigh Dickinson University", New York, N.Y., Jan. 22, 1974.
- "Jules Olitski: Life Drawings" Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Feb. 9-March 10, 1974.
- "Selected Works from the Collection of Carter Burden", Marlborough Gallery, NY, N.Y., May 9-June 1, 1974.
- "The Basel Art Fair", Basel, Switzerland, June 19-24, 1974.
- "Painting and Sculpture Today", Indianapolis Museum of Art, May 22-July 14, 1974; Taft Museum, Cincinnati, Oh., Sept. 12-Oct. 26, 1974.
- "Monumenta", Newport, R.I., Aug. 17-Oct. 13, 1974.
- "Tenth Anniversary, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art 1964-1974" The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Ct., Sept. 15-Dec. 15, 1974.
- "L'Art au Present", Palis Galleria (organized by Daniel Templon), Paris, France, Oct. 2, 1974. - "Biennale Internationale de la Gravure " Contemporary American Painting", The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Feb. 22-April 6, 1975.
- "American Abstract Painting", La Bertesca, Genoa, Italy, 1975.
- "El Lenguaje del Color", Museo de Be-las Artes, Caracas, Venezuela, August, 1975.
- "American Color: 1961-1964", Visual Arts Museum, New York, March 29-April 21, 1976.
- "Painting and Sculpture Today-1976" Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Id., June 9-July 18, 1976.
- "New Works in Clay", Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse and Onondaga County, Syracuse, N.Y. Jan. 23-April 4, 1976; Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta, Canada, Spring 1978.
- "Aspects of Postwar Painting in America", Guggenheim Museum, New York, N.Y., Nov-Dec. 1976.
- "Drawings of the '70's", Society for Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Mar 9-May 1, 1977.
- "Olitski New Sculpture" Museum of Fine Arts, Boston April 26-July 3, 1977.
- "New York the State of Art", the New York State Museum, Albany, N.Y., Oct 8-Nov. 28, 1977.
- "A View of A Decade", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, III. Sept 10-Nov 10, 1977.
- "Critics Choice", Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse, N.Y.; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, N.Y. Nov 1977-Jan. 1978.
- "ART 9/78", Basel, Switzerland, June 14-19, 1978.
- "Fifteen Sculptors in Steel around Bennington, 1963-1978", Park-McCullough House Association, North Bennington, Vt., Aug. 12-Oct 15, 1978.
- "Selected 20th Century American Nudes", Harold Reed Gallery, NY, N.Y., Feb-March, 1978.
- "Three Hundred Years of American Art at the Chrysler Museum," Chrysler Museum at Norfolk, Virginia, March-July, 1978.
- "Monumental Abstractions", Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ma. mid-April-June 29, 1979.
- "Art from Corporate Collection", Union Carbide Corporation Gallery, NY, N.Y., May 9-30, 1979.
- "Images of the Self", Hampshire College Gallery, Amherst, Ma., Feb. 19-March 14, 1979.
- "A Century of Ceramics in the United States, 1878-1978", Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, N.Y. May 5-Sept. 23, 1979;
- "M. Knoedler and Co. Presents a Selection of Work in Los Angeles at Asher/Faure", Oct.
13-Nov. 10, 1979.
- "Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Schwartz Collection" Knoedler Gallery, NY, N.Y., Oct. 31-Nov 28, 1979.
- Renwich Gallery of the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Nov. 9, 1979-Jan. 27, 1980;
- Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, N.Y., April 8-May 25, 1980.
- "Color Abstractions: Selections for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston", Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Display Area, Boston, Ma. Nov. 2, 1979-Jan. 31, 1980.
- "Five in Florida" SVC/Fien Arts Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla. Jan. 7-Feb. 8, 1980.
- "Aspects of the '70's: Painterly Abstraction", Brockton Art Museum, Brockton, Ma., May 4- Aug. 24, 1980.
- "L'Amerique aux Independants", 91e Exposition, Societe des Artistes, Grand Palais, Paris, France, March 13-April 13, 1980.
- "The Fifties: Aspects of Painting In New York", Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., May 22-Sept. 21, 1980.
- "Selected 20th Century American Self Portraits", Harold Reed Gallery, New York, N.Y., Oct. 18-Nov. 15, 1980.
- "In Our Time", From the Collection of the HHK Foundation for Contemporary Art; Milwaukee Art Museum, Oct. 9-Nov. 30, 1980; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Oh. Jan. 15-March 15, 1981;
- Columbus Museum of Art, June 6-July 19, 1981;
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va., Sept. 1-Oct. 11, 1981;
- Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaingn, III. Nov. 15-Dec. 31, 1981;
- "Seven Works for Major Collections", Andre Emmerich Gallery, NY, N.Y., Dec 6, 1980-Jan. 10, 1981.
- "Assoziationen zu Blau", Gimpel-Hanover & Andre Emmerich Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland, Jan. 17-Feb. 28, 1981.
- "Depuis la Couleur, 1958/1964", Centre d'Arts Plastiques Contemporains, Bordeaus, France, Jan. 23-March 21, 1981.
- "Three Decades/Oil on Canvas", North Park National Bank, Dallas, Tx. in Conjunction with Andre Emmerich Gallery, June 27-Sept. 12, 1981.
- "International Florida Artist", Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Fla. Feb. 26-April 26, 1981.
- "An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection", Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y., May 21-Sept. 27, 1981.
- High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 23-March 7, 1982;
- University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa, April 4-May 31, 1982;
- Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, Tn., July 8-Sept. 5, 1982;
- University Art Museum, University of Texas, Austin, Tx. Nov. 5-Dec. 19, 1982.
- "Amerikanische Malerei: 1930-1980" (organized by the Whitney Museum), Haus der Kunst, Munich, Nov. 14, 1981,-Jan. 31, 1982.
- "Drawings: New Directions", Summit Art Center, New Jersey, March 7-April 8, 1982.
- "A Private Vision: Contemporary Art From the Graham Gund Collections", Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ma., Feb. 7-April 4, 1982.
- "American Artists Abroad 1900-1950", Washburn Gallery, NY, N.Y., March 18-April 24, 1982.
- "Miro in America", Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tx., April 21-June 27, 1982.
- "Art in Embassies Program", U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, 1982-1984.
- "New York, New Art: Contemporary Paintings from New York Galleries", Delaware Art Museum, March 18-April 24, 1983.
- "Early Works by Contemporary Masters: Caro, Francis, Frankenthaler, Gottlieb, Held, Louis, Noland, Olitski", Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, N.Y., Sept. 6-Oct. 8, 1983.
- "Eighteen Artists at One West Fourth Street", Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, Nov. 23, 1983-Jan. 6, 1984.
- "Arte Comtemporaneo Norteamericano, Coleccion David Mirvish", American Embassy in Madrid, Spain, January, 1984.
- "Jules Olitski" Fondation du Chateua de Jau, Perpignan, France, June 23-Sept 15, 1984.
- "Art Heritage at Hofstra", Hofstra University, Hempsted, Long Island, N.Y.,Feb. 3-March 3, 1985.
- "Pre Postmodern", Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence U, Canton, N.Y., Mar 8-Ap 5, 1985.
- "Grand Compositions: Selections form the Collection of David Mirvish" the Fort Worth Art Museum, Forth Worth, Tx., March 10-May 1, 1985.
- "Selections from the William J. Hokin Collection", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, III., April 20-June 16, 1985.
- "American Abstract Painting", Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles Ca., June 19-Aug. 24, 1985.
- "An American Renaissance-Painting and Sculpture Since 1940", The Museum of Art, Fort
Lauderdale, Fla. Jan. 12-March 30, 1986.
- "Definitive Statements", David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, R.I., March
1-30, 1986.
- "Pre' Figuration Des Collections D'Art Contemporain De La Fondation Daniel Templon
Sophiea-Antipolis, Paris, France, Nov. 12-15, 1986.
- "After Matisse", organized by Independent Curators Incorporated, New York, Queens Museum,
- Flushing N.Y., March 30-May 25, 1986;
- Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Va., Sept. 11-Nov. 9, 1986;
- Portland Museum of Art, Portland Me., Dec. 9, 1986-Feb. 9, 1987;
- Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Fla., March 17-May 17, 1987;
- The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., June 19-Aug. 14, 1987;
- Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Oh., Sept. 12-Nov. 8, 1987;
- Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Ma., Dec. 9, 1987-Feb, 7, 1988.
- "At the Cross Roads", Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., March 13-April 26, 1987.
- "Contemporary Painting" Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Fla., March 20-April 18, 1987.
- "Milton Avery Distinguished Professors Exhibition" Edith C. Blum Art Institute, Bard College,
Avondale-on the Hudson, N.Y., Sept. 2-Nov. 8, 1987.
"L'Art Au Pre'sent", Au Musee Galleria, París, France Oct. 2-Nov. 10, 1988.
- "Twentieth-Century Painting and Sculpture, Selections for the Tenth Anniversary of the East Building", The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Jan. 17-1989.
- "The Prints of Jules Olitski, A Catalogue Raisonne, 1954-1989", Associated American Artist, New York, N.Y., Oct. 3-28, 1989.
- "Jules Olitski, A Retrospective-Three Decades", The Buschlen/Mowatt Gallery, Van Couver, B.C. Canada, March 19-April 30, 1990.
- "The Great Decade: The 1960's, A Selection of Paintings and Sculpture", Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, April 5-28, 1990.
- "Jules Olitski, An Important Exhibition of Paintings: 1952-1990" organized by Salander-O'Reilly Galleries and Canal Arts, opening at the following galleries (not a traveling exhibit). Galerie Montaigne, Paris, France, Sept. 22-Oct. 16, 1990;
- Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London, England, Oct. 18-Nov. 18, 1990;
- Salander O'Reilly Galleries, New York, N.Y., Oct. 22-Dec. 1, 1990;
- Galeria Afinsa/Almirante, Madrid, Spain, Nov. 14-Dec. 14, 1990;
- Salander O'Reilly Galleries, Beverly Hills, Ca., Nov. 20-Dec. 29, 1990.
- "Jules Olitski at Brown University", David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, R.I., Dec. 7, 1991-Jan. 19, 1992.
- "Slow Art Painting In New York Now", The Institute of Contemporary Art, P. S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, N.Y., April 26-June 21, 1992.
- "Archives of American Art, Mailbox Exhibit and Auction", Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., Nov. 19, 1992.
- "European and American Paintings and Sculptures 1870-1970", Australian National Gallery, Dec, 1992.
- "168 Annual Exhibition", National Academy of Design, New York, N.Y., April 1-May 2, 1993. - "Jules Olitski; A Retrospective" Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene State College, Keene, N.H. Nov. 13-Dec. 12, 1993.
- "Jules Olitski At the New Gallery" The New Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla. Feb 25-March 25, 1994.
- "First Annual International Distinguished Artists Symposium and Exhibition", Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Ct. April 28-June 15, 1994.
- "France-Amerique, Olivier Debre-Jules Olitski", Galerie Gerald Piltzer, Paris, June 6-July 30, 1994.
- "Jules Olitski-Selected Paintings: 1963-1995", C.S. Schulte Gallery, Milburn, N. J. Nov. 10th, 1995 - Jan. 31st, 1996.
- "Jules Olitski-New Monotypes", Long Fine Arts, New York, Dec. 7, 1995-Jan. 27, 1996.
- "Jules Olitski-Three New Paintings", Andre Emmerich Gallery, NY, Dec. 6, 1995-Jan. 6th, 1996.
- "Caro and Olitski: Masters of Abstraction Draw the Figure", New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, New York, Jan. 12-Feb. 24, 1996.
- "Jules Olitski: A Selected Retrospective" Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, March 7-28, 1996.
- "Jules Olistski: Important New Works" Drabinsky-Friedland Galleries, Toronto, April 27-May 11, 1996.
- "New Landscapes by Jules Olitski" Thorne Sagendorph Museum, Keene State College, Keene, N.H. June 7-July 24, 1996.
- "Color Field-The Classic Years" Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York., Sept. 3-Oct. 5th, 1996.
- "Jules Olitski Over the Years", Dorthy Berenson Blau Gallery, Bay Harbor Island, Fla. Nov 21st-Dec 12, 1996.
- "The New Visions: Jules Olitski, Judy Pfaff, Al Held" Andre Emmerich Gallery, NY Dec 12-Jan 18, 1997.
- "Thirty Years- An Anniversary Exhibiton, and Jules Olitski - New Landscapes", Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Fla. Jan 4th-26th, 1997.
- "Jules Olitski Recent Pastels and watercolors of Winnipesaukee" The Belknap Mill Society, Laconia, NH Sept 2-Oct 7, 1997.
- "Jules Olitski - The Landscapes" The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, Sept 7-Oct 19, 1997.
- "Large Paintings" Riva Yares Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M. July 1997.
- "The Watercolours of Jules Olitski" Drabinsky and Friedland Galleries, Toronto, Nov 1-19, 1997.
- "The Green Mountain Boys-Caro, Feeley, Noland and Olitski at Bennington in the 1960's" Andre Emmerich Gallery, NYJan 8-Feb 28, 1998, Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, Vt March 10-April 4, 1998.
- "The World In the Evening - Landscapes by Jules Olitski" The Portland Museum, Portland, Me. Jan 24-April 12, 1998.
- "Jules Olitski - New Works" C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Md. April 2- May 3, 1998.
- "Jules Olitski - Landscape Paintings" Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, R.I. Aug 23-Sept 20,
1998.


EDUCATION

Snovsk, Rusia, 27 de Marzo de 1922
National Academy of Design, New York, 1939-42.
Beaux Arts Institute, New York, 1940-42.
Ossip Zadkine School, Paris, 1949.
Academia de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris, 1949-50.
B.A., New York University, New York, 1952.
M.A., New York, University, New York, 1954.


WORKS IN MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS

Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Australian National Gallery
Beth Tzedek Congregation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Fl
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Oh
Chicago Art Institute, Il

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