JULES OLITSKI "ORANGE SPRAY" 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.
Olitski came to prominence in the 1960's in New York City for his monochromatic paintings, elaborating on some of the techniques originated by Helen Frankenthaller.
Olitski would represent the United States at the Venice Biennale in 1966. His success would continue through the decade. In 1969 he would receive a major honor from the Metropolitan Museum (New York City) when they hosted a solo show of his work. It was the first time the Met had dedicated an exhibition to a living artist.
In 1970 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.
This lithograph from 1970 is a paradigm of Olitski. At first glance it appears to be a solid mass of orange. Upon closer inspection one discovers that there is a layer of sprayed coral paint within the image (as well as little blocks or lines of other colors along the edges).
Olitski only completed a small number of prints during his lifetime (unlike his contemporaries like Frankenthaller, Sam Francis and Frank Stella).
This particular piece is a radiant example of the spirit of color. Between three tones of warm color lies a rhythm and voice that proudly reflects the work of Olitski.
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"Graphic Suite series #1 (magenta/orange with tan)"
Signed, numbered 61/150 and dated '70 by the artist.
35"H 26"W (work)
40"H 31"W (framed)