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Jules Olitski

Nicholas Wilder Gallery

A generous sampling of recent acrylics by Jules Olitski at Nicholas Wilder Gallery demonstrates some slight shift in his recent direction. The major move is a more solid primary coat of pigment laid down in an even layer. Sprays of pink and green, larger dots than previously, are sprinkled across the purple surface, but now float before, in front of that surface. This sense of built up application extends to the addition of the striped strokes bordering along two edges and drawing attention to an upper corner. The loosely applied brushwork has been mixed with, or covered by, a thick layer of clear, shiny glaze. The contrasts of flat, brushed, reflective and sprayed paint are now as extreme as in his works of the early sixties.

Though there is the knowledge that the plane of color is flat, the amount of spatial manipulation these strokes, maskings, and nebulous sprays supply is amazing. The

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