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Starts: 05/10/06 10:00 AM
Ends:  07/14/06 05:00 PM

May 9, 2006

MEDIA CONTACT: Adela de la Torre
(202) 994-6424; adelita@gwu.edu
LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY:
(202) 994-1525

NEW WORKS BY AMERICAN ARTIST JULES OLITSKI ON EXHIBIT AT
GW's LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY
May 10 - July 14, 2006

Color Field Artist to Display New Monotypes

EVENT: 

New monotypes by artist Jules Olitski are exhibited in Jules Olitski: Works on Paper. The exhibition, organized by GW's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery in cooperation with Knoedler & Company, will feature 20 prints and a recent painting from the Embraced series.

WHEN:  

Wednesday, May 10 - Friday, July 14, 2006
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WHERE:  

The George Washington University
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery,
Media and Public Affairs Building, 2nd floor
805 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
(Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro, Blue and Orange lines)

COST:   

Free and open to the public.  For more information call (202) 994-1525.

BACKGROUND:

Though known for his painting, Olitski's monotypes, created in 2004 and 2005, exhibit his artistic talent in a different medium. A celebrated artist, Olitski's many honors include representing the United States in the 1966 Venice Biennale, a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1969, election to the National Academy in 1993, and upcoming induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters on May 17, 2006.  His work is in the collections of such institutions as the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Tate in London. Celebrated by Clement Greenberg as a great "Color Field" painter, Olitski continues undiminished with experimental use of color in his works.

 Harry Rand, curator of cultural history at the Smithsonian American History Museum notes, "In the course of his evolution [Olitski] probably applied more color and more paint in more ways than any other artist who possibly has ever lived."  After six decades of painting, Olitski continues to explore the new and unexpected. Olitski's new paintings have been called by Knoedler & Company a "boisterous, daring, and unrestrained celebration of color and texture, with large circular forms floating upon runny multicolored fields."

In a catalog produced by GW's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, Andrew Hudson, former art critic for The Washington Post, writes "Olitski helps us recapture a child's excited involvement, wonder, joy, delight.  Instantly, eagerly, we recognize these moments of truth: his art renews us, makes us more alive." The catalog features a variety of original materials, including an appreciation by Hudson and an essay by Lenore D. Miller, director, University Art Galleries. Jules Olitski: Works on Paper is presented in conjunction with the city-wide celebration "Washington, D.C., Celebrates American Originals" as well as a national campaign where Congress has designated 2006 "The Year of the Museum."

GW's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, which opened in March 2001, is the professional showcase for art at GW. Luther W. Brady, B.A. '46, M.D. '48, the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW. He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from GW in May 2004 and has served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

For more information about the University Art Galleries, call (202) 994-1525 or visit www.gwu.edu/~bradyart.
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