b. 1922 in Shchors, Ukraine
d. 2007 in New York, New York, USA
Jules Olitski, born Jevel Demikovski, emigrated to the United States with his mother and grandmother in 1923, settling in Brooklyn, New York.
Olitski’s penchant for drawing led to his early and often enrollment in art classes in Manhattan. Shortly upon his completion of high school he won his first prize for art. Soon after, he received a scholarship to study art at the Pratt Institute in New York, New York, and later attended the National Academy of Design in New York, New York, as well as the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York, New York.
In 1958, he had his first solo show in New York, New York, where he met Clement Greenberg. The following year, in 1959, Olitski had another solo show at French & Company in New York, New York, with the support of Greenberg. By 1965, Olitski developed a unique method of painting color fields. He became one of the four artists selected to represent the United States in the Venice Biennale of 1966. In 1969, Olitski became the first living American artist to be given a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Olitski exhibited regularly until his death from cancer in 2007.
Crimson Orange, 1970
35” x 26”
Gift of Dr. Pellayo and Mrs. Caroline Cabrera