The D.C. Docent

Modern is Modern: Jules Olitski Comes to Town

Modern Painters have been everywhere this year in D.C.: Barnett Newman at The National Gallery of Art , Jasper Johns at The Phillips Collection, and now Jules Olitski enters the scene.

A new exhibit “Revelations” at American University’s Katzen Art Center, brings together 30 large-scale paintings that span five decades of his career. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, which showed the exhibit earlier this year also has a great video about the show and Olitski which is worth watching before you see the show.

In conjunction with the AU show, the George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is showing “Jules Olitski: On an Intimate Scale” which features smaller works from the artist and has its opening reception tonight at 5pm. Their website also gives good background on Olitski’s ties and history to D.C. and the Washington Color School.

I have always enjoyed Olitski’s use of saturated color and technique and am definitely looking forward to checking out these shows.

"Revelations" runs through December 16, 2012 at The American University Katzen Arts Center and "On an Intimate Scale" runs through December 14, 2012 at The George Washington University Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. GWU opening reception at 5pm on Friday, September 21, 2012 at Media and Public Affairs Building, 2nd Floor, 805 21st St., NW.