The Washington Post

Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski , By Maura Judkis

Friday, October 12, 2012

Working with an unusual arsenal.

No artist could wield a brush quite like Jules Olitski. Critic Clement Greenberg once called him “the best painter alive.”

No one could wield a leaf blower quite like him, either. Considered a master of Color Field painting for his richly chromatic work, Olitski earned Greenberg’s accolade in part by embracing unorthodox tools. Squeegees, leaf blowers, paint guns and industrial brushes — the implements of commercial painters and handymen — were all in his arsenal, creating textured canvases that exude indulgence and restraint, sometimes simultaneously. His paint fell on his canvas as lightly as the fine mist of a sneeze, or as thick as icing on a cake.

The Jewish Daily Forward

Painter Jules Olitski Enjoys a Second Life, By Menachem Wecker

Tuesday, October 29, 2012

It’s hard to explain the feeling one experiences when standing in front of, and contemplating the dynamic movement in, Jules Olitski’s paintings. Picture a beautiful yet quickly fleeting vision of creamer diffusing throughout a cup of coffee. If one freezes the frame when the cloudiness is at its height — just before the dairy explosion mixes fully with the coffee and becomes dull and monochromatic — you might begin to imagine the forms in some of Olitski’s paintings from the 1980s and ’90s.
The Pink Line Project

Jules Olitski: On an Intimate Scale, Exhibitions

Friday, September 21, 2012

This fall, three institutions are celebrating the art of Jules Olitski (1922-2007). Olitski, Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis and the British sculptor Anthony Caro were brought into public prominence by art critic Clement Greenberg, who coined the term “post-painterly abstraction.” Olitski was a close friend and neighbor of Noland’s, when Olitski taught at Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, and Noland lived nearby. In the 1960s Olitski generally shared with Noland, and other members of the Washington Color School, an approach to painting in which the canvas is covered with pure areas of color, characterized, as well, by experimentation with color and pigments. Olitski applied the paint by staining, then spraying, and later used unconventional tools such as brooms, mops, and leaf blowers, among other things. His richly diverse surfaces diffused color and light, often with rich variations in texture.

ArtDaily

Figure drawings by Anthony Caro and Jules Olitski on view in exhibition at FreedmanArt, By Karen Wilkin

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

British sculptor Anthony Caro and American painter Jules Olitski are an unlikely pair, each specializing in widely different forms of art from one another. However to the naked eye, the two men are closely linked in talent.

PRESS RELEASE

Caro and Olitski: Masters of Abstraction Draw the Figure

October 11, 2012

FreedmanArt is pleased to present Caro and Oltaki: Masters of Abstraction Draw the
Figure.
These drawings, many seen for the first time, convincingly express for Anthony Caro
and Jules Olitski their common interest and long commitment to working directly
from the model, also known as “life drawing”.
Our exhibition is a reprisal of the one in L996, held at The New York Studio School.
An expanded selection and publication is being planned for institutional venues.
Prime examples of the abstract work of Olitski and Caro will offer both a context, as
well as further understanding to the relationships between their figurative and
abstract forces.

Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski

May 31, 2012

This exhibition draws together more than 30 significant works from public and highlights important periods and themes from Olitski’s career. With works from his early Stain Paintings of the 1960s to his Late Paintings, this is the first exhibition of the artist’s paintings since his death in 2007. Russian-born artist Jules Olitski (1922–2007) first received international acclaim as a Color Field painter and continued to experiment throughout his career. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by E.A. Carmean Jr., Alison de Lima Greene, and Karen Wilkin. After its showing at the Kemper Museum, the exhibition traveled to The Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, is currently at Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, and will travel to American University Museum, Washington, D.C.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski

June 11 2010

This exhibition draws together more than 30 significant works from public and highlights important periods and themes from Olitski’s career. With works from his early Stain Paintings of the 1960s to his Late Paintings, this is the first exhibition of the artist’s paintings since his death in 2007. Russian-born artist Jules Olitski (1922–2007) first received international acclaim as a Color Field painter and continued to experiment throughout his career. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by E.A. Carmean Jr., Alison de Lima Greene, and Karen Wilkin. After its showing at the Kemper Museum, the exhibition travels to The Museum of Fine Arts-Houston; Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; and American University Museum, Washington, D.C.; in 2012.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Weblink

ARTnews

Circle in the Square, by Barbara A. MacAdam

August 8, 2011

Throughout his career, Jules Olitski stood just off-center of the core American Abstract Expressionists. This enlightening (all puns intended) exhibition, “Embracing Circles 1959–1964,” shows the artist at a concentrated moment in a career marked by various styles, the most signature being his multi-toned, spray-painted works.

The New York Sun

Embracing Jules Olitski, by Franklin Einspruch

May 13th, 2011

The inaugural exhibition of FreemdanArt begins today with a series of large-scale paintings by Jules Olitski that until recently have been kept out of view.

Art in America Magazine

The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Don't Want to Miss, by Leigh Anne Miller

June 21, 2011

Pairs of jiggly biomorphic circles jostle in richly hued fields in 10 large, super-mod abstractions from the early 1960s, a key period in Jules Olitski’s career. Seeing these paintings in person helps you understand why Clement Greenberg and legions of other admirers fell head-over-heels for Olitski’s work

The Reading Eagle

Art review: Jules Olitski's abstract exhibition proves masterful, By Ron Schira

Sunday, February 17, 2013

With all of the information available online, one would think it would be nothing at all to write an article about the renowned painter Jules Olitski. Yet even with as much information as one can gather, it does nothing to satisfy the senses as much as actually being in front of his physical and luminescent abstractions, which for much of his career have been of epic dimensions.

Tower 49®, 12 East 49th Street, New York 10017

Jules Olitski, Installation at Tower 49®

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Jules Olitski family and FreedmanArt are pleased to present eight paintings and two sculptures by Jules Olitski, spanning the years 1965 – 1982. All works are from the Olitski family collection. The artist himself might well agree that the modernist design and open spaces provide an extraordinary setting for this selection of large-scale painting and rarely seen sculptures for this special installation. We are most grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Tower 49® and to be sharing the seminal work of Olitski in this extraordinary public venue.

In honor of Jules Olitski, Installation at Tower 49®, FreedmanArt and the Jules Olitski Family invite you for a reception hosted by Tower 49® Wednesday, June 26, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

FreedmanArt

Jules Olitski On An Intimate Scale... and Friends

Thursday, October 24, 2013

FreedmanArt is pleased to present “Jules Olitski On An Intimate Scale… and Friends,” opening October 24. The more than thirty works in this exhibition present a retrospective overview of Jules Olitski’s paintings through five decades. With the addition of “friends,” we are presenting works of those artists who have enjoyed artistic camaraderie and friendship with Jules Olitski, including works by Anthony Caro, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Larry Poons, and David Smith. “Jules Olitski On An Intimate Scale… and Friends” is adapted from an exhibition organized by The George Washington University Luther W. Brady Art Gallery in fall of 2012 and traveled to the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania in spring of 2013.

artdaily.org

"Jules Olitski On An Intimate Scale... and Friends" opens at FreedmanArt in New York

Thursday, October 24, 2013

NEW YORK, NY.- FreedmanArt presents “Jules Olitski On An Intimate Scale… and Friends.” This exhibition opens Thursday, October 24. The more than thirty works in this exhibition present a retrospective overview of Olitski’s paintings through the artist’s distinctive periods: “Core/Stain” paintings; “Sprays”; “Baroque”; “High Baroque”; and the “Late” paintings. This exhibition demonstrates the immediacy of Olitski’s intimate and small-scale paintings.
(An Appropriate Distance) From the Mayor's Doorstep

Report From the Front: 3 Times & Places, By Piri Halasz

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Finally, for those who just like fine painting, and don’t feel the need to stay up on the latest wrinkles, I can strongly recommend “Jules Olitski on an Intimate Scale…and Friends” at Freedman Art.

This exhibition of small works by Olitski from 1961 through to 2007 (the year he died) is a version of the exhibition at George Washington University in Washington DC that I warmly reviewed last year, and that I am equally delighted to welcome to the Big Apple.

The Boston Globe

Playfulness from late painter Olitski, By Cate McQuaid

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jules Olitski, best known as a color-field painter of deliciously vaporous, layered mists of color, cycled through several styles and had a roller coaster of a career. Olitski died at 84 in 2007, and several of his exuberant, flashy late works are up at Adelson Galleries Boston.

(An Appropriate Distance) From the Mayor's Doorstep

Report from the Front: Olitski in Midtown, By Piri Halasz

Sunday, August 25, 2013

During these last few days in August, we have been having idyllic weather in the Big Apple, so, if you’re not at the seashore or in Paris, here’s an elegant small installation in midtown to go and see. It’s “Jules Olitski: Tower 49, NYC,” which was curated by Lauren Olitski Poster and mounted back in May in the lobby and entrance plaza of the 45-story steel and green glass office skyscraper known as “Tower 49.” The building’s official address is 12 East 49th Street, but it can also be entered from 48th Street, and occupies a considerable portion of the east-west block between Madison and Fifth Avenues.

The Wall Street Journal

Jules Olitski at Tower 49, By Peter Plagens

Saturday, August 17, 2013

These days, in a 21st-century art world that seems as different from the formalist passions of 40 or 50 years ago as Dada was from court painting patronized by the Habsburgs, Mr. Olitski’s work has assumed the status of stately, historical objects. This is pleasantly evident in the yearlong installation of eight large paintings and an Anthony Caro-esque sculpture in the lobby of a Midtown skyscraper called Tower 49.

Adelson Galleries Boston

Olitski in the 21st Century

October 18, 2013

Adelson Galleries Boston will present an selection of small- and medium-scale works from Jules Olitski’s last chapter, 2000-07. Opening October 18 and on through December 22nd, 2013.

Yares Art Projects

Radiance + Reflection: Stain Paintings & Drawings 1960-1964

July 5, 2013

Yares Art Projects presents paintings and drawings from American abstract painter, printmaker, and sculptor Jules Olitski; many of which have never been publicly shown before. From 1960 through 1964, Olitski created many of his paintings by staining: pouring acrylic paint onto raw (unprimed or unprepared) canvas so that it soaked directly into the cloth.  This exhibition features a selection of works from this period, known as the “Stain” paintings.

Hackett|Mill Gallery

Jules Olitski, Colorness: The Early Sprays 1965-69

October 11, 2013

This fall, Hackett|Mill gallery will present “Spray” paintings by Jules Olitski, opening October 11.

 

artdaily.com

FreedmanArt announces 'Olitski Visions' at Tower 49 in New York

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NEW YORK, NY.- FreedmanArt and the Jules Olitski family present “Olitski Visions” at Tower 49, 12 East 49th Street, now extended through August 2014. On Wednesday, July 23, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Ai Kato, Art Director, Gallery at Tower 49, will host a summer reception in celebration of the installation, in the main lobby at Tower 49.