JULES OLITSKI (1922-2007)
JULES OLITSKI (1922-2007)
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Property Sold to Benefit Art for Access and the Jules Olitski Scholarship at Bennington College
JULES OLITSKI (1922-2007)

Flaming On

JULES OLITSKI (1922-2007)
Flaming On
signed, titled, and dated 'Flaming On Olitski 1964' (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas
133 3/4 x 80 1/2 in. (339.7 x 204.5 cm.)
Painted in 1964.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Rowan, Pasadena
Donated by the above to the present owner
A. Hudson, "Olitski Has Fanciest Spray Gun in the West," The Washington Post, Times Herald, October 31, 1965, p. G7.
A. Hudson, "A Painter Breaks New Ground," The Washington Post, Times Herald, April 9, 1967, p. H8.
H. W. Wilson's Current Biography, October 1969, pp. 31-34
A. Hudson, "On Jules Olitski's Paintings and Some Changes of View," Art International, vol. XII/1, January 1968, pp. 31-36.
M. Fried, Art and Objecthood: Essays and Reviews, Chicago, 1998, pp. 137, 140.
M. Awodey, "Get Together," Seven Days, vol. 11, no. 44, June 21-28, 2006, p. 53A.
New York, Poindexter Gallery, Jules Olitski, 1965.
Cambridge, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum; Pasadena Art Museum, Three American Painters: Noland, Olitski and Stella, April - August 1965.
Irvine, University of California; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, American Art of the Sixties: A Selection of Paintings and Sculptures from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rowan, May- July 1967.
Further details
Flaming On is an exemplary work of Jules Olitski’s poured and stained canvases, which was painted while the artist taught at Bennington College (1963-1967). While his approach to application varied, from brushes to sponges, mops, and rollers, his process was primarily informed with color in mind, grounded in the conviction that color can exist for itself. Flaming On is a testament to this belief and the ethos of Olitski’s contemporaries, such as Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland, that when a composition is reduced, there can actually be more to see. This reigns true in the present lot, where details come alive through the nuance of stroke, scale, and shift in color spectrum.

Proceeds from the sale of Flaming On will be used to benefit Bennington College’s Art for Access program and the Jules Olitski Scholarship. In fall 2018, the College launched Art for Access as a dynamic philanthropic initiative that leverages the institution’s long and celebrated reputation in the visual arts while advancing its commitment to equity, diversity, and access. As an institution without a museum or permanent collection, Bennington has long held that the works of art on its campus be a changing, dynamic teaching resource. Through this effort, the College extends this vision and will seek gifts of art from donors and friends with two related aims in mind: to develop and expand the works of art in the College’s holdings to enrich the educational experience, and, after extended use in teaching, to provide funding for scholarships for talented students through the sale of select artworks in the future.

This lot is being sold by a charitable organization with proceeds intended to benefit Art for Access and the Jules Olitski Scholarship and a US taxpayer may be able to claim a deduction for any amount of the purchase price paid in excess of the mid-estimate.
Sale room notice
This work has been requested for a forthcoming exhibition in Summer 2024.

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