JULES OLITSKI "ORANGE G" 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 at first glance dismiss his work from this period as simply being a mass of color.
But Olitski asks you to get up close to the work, to lose yourself in the color, to consider how it's created and contained on the picture plane, and think about the conventions and strategies used by his contemporaries and forefathers active in abstraction.
Around 1965 Olitski had a major creative/technical breakthrough. He began spraying the paint on his canvases, creating works that were highly innovative and nuanced while continuing his tradition of (seemingly) monochromatic artworks. The colors seemed to be dissipating into other shades with no trace of the artist's hand.
This lithograph from 1970 is a paradigm of Olitski. Unlike some of his contemporaries, such as Helen Frankenthaler or Sam Francis, Olitksi only completed a small number of multiples. It is listed as number 49 in "The Prints of Jules Olitski: A Catalogue Raisonné 1954-1989"
This work can be found in numerous museum collections including the Tate (London).
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"Graphic Suite #1: Orange/grey, with green, yellow, brown and purple"
From an edition of 150
34.5"H 26"W (work)
39.5"H 30.75"W (framed)
Very good condition.
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