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Notes from Jules Olitski to Joan Olitski

Collection Creator:
Olitski, Joan C., 1937-  Search this
Olitski, Jules, 1922-2007  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981-2004
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Jules Olitski notes to Joan Olitski are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Jules Olitski notes to Joan Olitski, 1981-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art
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Jules Olitski notes to Joan Olitski, 1981-2004

Creator:
Olitski, Joan C., 1937-  Search this
Subject:
Olitski, Jules  Search this
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Illustrated letters  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16209
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)368206
AAA_collcode_olitjoan
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Jules Olitski note to Joan C. Olitski

Creator:
Olitski, Jules, 1922-2007  Search this
Olitski, Joan C., 1937-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1981
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17359
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Jules Olitski note to Joan Olitski

Creator:
Olitski, Jules, 1922-2007  Search this
Olitski, Joan C., 1937-  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1999
Topic:
Television  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)17832
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Data Source:
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Jules Olitski notes to Joan Olitski

Creator:
Olitski, Joan C., 1937-  Search this
Olitski, Jules, 1922-2007  Search this
Extent:
0.02 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Illustrated letters
Date:
1981-2004
Summary:
The notes of painter and sculptor Jules Olitski to Joan Olitski measure 0.02 linear feet and date from 1981-2004. The collection comprises of ten humorous love notes, some illustrated, written by Jules Olitski to his wife, Joan. Olitski wrote the notes to his wife (also known as Kristina) in the morning when he left his studio after working through the night.
Scope and Contents:
The notes of painter and sculptor Jules Olitski to Joan Olitski measure 0.02 linear feet and date from 1981-2004. The collection comprises of ten humorous love notes, some illustrated, written by Jules Olitski to his wife, Joan. Olitski wrote the notes to his wife (also known as Kristina) in the morning when he left his studio after working through the night.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 1 series.

Series 1: Notes, 1981-2004 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)
Biographical / Historical:
Painter and sculptor Jules Olitski (1922-2007) lived and worked from New York City; Meredith, New Hampshire; and Islamorada, Florida and was known for his color field abstractions and painted metal sculptures. Born Jevel Demikovsky in Snovsk, Russia (now Shchors, Ukraine), Olitski's father was politically executed months after his birth, and his mother and grandmother moved with him to the United States in 1923. Showing an early propensity for art, Olitski trained at both New York's National Academy of Design and the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design and furthered his art studies in Paris. After returning to New York, Olitski received a master's in art education from NYU in 1954 and subsequently taught at C.W. Post College (1956-1963) and Bennington College (1963-1967).

His first solo show of abstract impastos at the Alexander Iolas Gallery in 1958 caught the attention of art critic Clement Greenberg, who continued to champion him throughout his career. In the 1960s, Olitski came to prominence with color field paintings that used stain and spray methods to emphasize the broad, flat plane of the canvas. By the 1970s, he began producing and painting large scale abstract aluminum sculptures and returned to painting in the more textured style he had used in the 1950s.

Olitski, along with Roy Lichtenstein, Helen Frankenthaler, and Ellsworth Kelly, was selected to represent the United States at the 1966 Venice Biennale and was also the first living artist invited to exhibit a one-person show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1969. A prolific artist, he exhibited in over 150 solo shows and was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1994. Olinski continued painting and exhibiting new abstractions of monochrome landscapes late into his career and died of cancer in New York.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the Jules Olitski papers.
Provenance:
The notes were donated in 2014 by Olitski's wife, Joan Olitski, also known as Kristina.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Jules Olitski notes to Joan Olitski are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Illustrated letters
Citation:
Jules Olitski notes to Joan Olitski, 1981-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.olitjoan
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Archives of American Art
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Notes

Collection Creator:
Olitski, Joan C., 1937-  Search this
Olitski, Jules, 1922-2007  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Linear feet (Box 1)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981-2004
Scope and Contents:
Ten humorous love notes written by Jules Olitski to his wife, Joan. Olitski wrote the notes to his wife (also known as Kristina) in the morning when he left his studio after working through the night. Included in these notes are a pen and ink sketch of a boy, a love poem, an a photo of a woman.
Arrangement:
Materials are arranged in chronological order.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Jules Olitski notes to Joan Olitski are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Jules Olitski notes to Joan Olitski, 1981-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.olitjoan, Series 1
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Jules Olitski notes to Joan Olitski
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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