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The George Washington University, American University and The Phillips Collection Collaborate to Celebrate Abstract Painter Jules Olitski

September 05, 2012

WASHINGTON—This fall, three Washington institutions are celebrating the works of abstract painter Jules Olitski. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Centerwill present the exhibition Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski September 15 – December 16. The GW Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will present the exhibition Jules Olitski On An Intimate Scale September 21 – December 14. The Phillips Collection will host the panel discussion “Creative Voices DC” on September 20 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Both AU’s and GW’s exhibitions are retrospective overviews of Jules Olitski’s paintings organized by decade. They are designed to contrast his large and immersive canvases in the Katzen Arts Center with the intimate and powerful works in the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery.   

Jules Olitski On An Intimate Scale features 36 works and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay by E.A. Carmean, Jr. This is the third Olitski exhibition at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. In 2009, the gallery presented Jules Olitski: An Inside View, A Survey of Prints 1954 - 2007 organized by the Brattleboro Museum. In 2006 it presented Jules Olitski: Works on Paper, one of the last exhibitions of Olitski's work prior to his death. For more information on the Brady Art Gallery’s exhibitions, contact Angela Olson at olsona@gwu.edu.

Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski includes 30 large-scale paintings ranging from the artist’s first essays into stain painting beginning in 1959 to his visionary last compositions in 2007. The exhibition is organized by the Kemper Museum of Art and curated by art historians E. A. Carmean, Jr., Alison de Lima Greene and Karen Wilkin. For more information on the Katzen’s exhibition, contact Maggie Barrett at barrett@american.edu.

Complementing both shows is a “Creative Voices DC” panel discussion at The Phillips Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art on September 20 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  Panelists include E.A. Carmean, Jr, Karen Wilkin and Alison de Lima Greene, curators of Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski, as well as the artist’s daughter Lauren Olitski Poster. Lenore Miller, director of the GW Art Galleries, will moderate.  The film Jules Olitski Modern Master, will be shown and will be available during the exhibition at the GW Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. For more information on The Phillips Collection, contact Amy Wike at awike@phillipscollection.org.

About Jules Olitski
Jules Olitski (1922-2077) approached his paintings by covering the canvas with pure areas of color and experimenting with color, pigments and textures. Olitski applied the paint by staining, then later spraying and using unconventional tools such as brooms, mops and leaf blowers, among other things. The resulting art works feature richly diverse surfaces that diffuse color and light with rich variations in texture.
  
Olitski won the gold medal at the Corcoran Biennial and had his first museum exhibition of abstract paintings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1967.  Writing about the Corcoran Gallery exhibition of 1967, Andrew Hudson, an art critic in Washington, D.C., wrote “…Olitski has been able to maintain the quality of his work while experimenting in things that one would expect to turn out “wrong”…the expansion of his vision and of the possibilities of painting that his recent work offers has effected an expansion in my way of looking.” 

 

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GW Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
Jules Olitski On An Intimate Scale
September 21 – December 14, 2012

The George Washington University
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
Media and Public Affairs Building, 2nd Floor
805 21st St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue and Orange lines)

American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center
Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski
September 15 - December 16, 2012

Saturday, October 20, at 4 p.m.
Gallery Talk with the curators of Revelation
E.A. Carmean, Jr. and Karen Wilkin

American University
Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C.


The Phillips Collection
“Creative Voices DC” panel discussion at the Phillips Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art on September 20, 2012, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
Panelists include E.A. Carmean, Jr,, Karen Wilkin and Alison de Lima Greene, curators of Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski, as well as the artist’s daughter, Lauren Olitski Poster, with Lenore D. Miller as moderator.

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.