JULES OLITSKI "GRAPHIC SUITE I" (YELLOW/GREEN) SILKSCREEN 1970
Jules Olitski (1922-1977) is one of the most collected and accomplished artists associated with the color-field movement, if not 20th century American abstraction.
Possibly one of the most "demanding" abstract artists - appreciating Olitski is not always easy.
Some people on first glance dismiss his work from this period as simply being a mass or spray of color.
But Olitski asks you to get up close to the work, to loose yourself in the color, to consider how its created and contained on the picture plane...He wants the viewer to think about the conventions and strategies used by his contemporaries and predecessors active in abstraction.
Around 1964 Olitski had a major creative/technical breakthrough. Using industrial equipment, he began spraying the paint on his canvases, creating works that were highly innovative and nuanced while continuing his tradition of nearly monochromatic artworks.
This lithograph from 1970 is a paradigm of Olitski. Unlike some of his contemporaries, associated with the color field painting, Olitksi only completed a small number of prints.
Note: an interesting characteristic of these prints is that there are noticeable variations within the edition.
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"Graphic Suite Number I (Yellow/Green with flesh)"
Signed, numbered and dated '70 by the artist.
From an edition of 150.
35"H 26"W (work)
Very good condition.
Literature: The Prints of Jules Olitski, A Catalogue Raisonné pg. 47
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