Jules OlitskiSolomon's Mirror No. 2 1974

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Artist
Jules Olitski (1922‑2007)
Title
Solomon's Mirror No. 2
Date 1974
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2418 x 4575 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1997
Reference
T07245
Not on display

Summary

In 1972 Olitski returned to the smaller canvases and degree of impasto that had characterised his works of the 1950s. He roughened the canvas surfaces with gel and then, using a roller or squeegee, applied paint thickened with gel and, occasionally, small beads of synthetic resin. Sometimes he brushed or sprayed greyed or monotone colours on top. In his essay for Olitski's 1978 exhibition at the Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, Neil Marshall wrote of the artist's return to impasto:
It is Olitski's achievement to have arrived at a pictorial structure that is also a plastic structure. The peculiar pictorial logic of bas-relief is brought into a new relationship with the colour, and a kind of imagery is created that depends on the relations of colour with a plastic structure apparently independent of it. These relations constitute the structural logic of the pictures reproduced here… (read more)

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