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Jules Olitski

Knoedler & Company

“Jules Olitski—Matter Embraced: Paintings 1950s and Now” was a fascinating pairing of some of the artist’s early “Matter” paintings with examples of his ongoing “Embraced” series. The former, which were made between 1957 and 1959, situate abstracted figures on atmospheric grounds, sometimes almost merging the two. The latter, from 2004 and 2005, are mostly abstracted landscapes and seem to hold cosmic significance. “Embraced” here has multiple meanings and associations: the enclosure of the landscapes depicted by squiggly painted inner frames; the erotic energy of the compositions; and Olitski’s love affair with color (clearly visible in Embraced: Yellow, Embraced: Turquoise, and Embraced: Yellow and Pink [all 2005]).

Over the years (he was born in 1922), Olitski’s handling of paint has grown looser and more rambunctious; the consistency of his application has thinned, and his colors

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