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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
(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
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.
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.
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.