I wanted to return to my visit to the Naples Art Museum with its bounty of exhibits. In addition to the "Painting Women" show, I was curious to see "Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski." I had never heard of Olitski until about a year ago, when my friend Susan saw the show at the Toledo Museum of Art. It would have been fun to see the show in Naples with her and get her perspective on a second viewing, but our schedules didn't cooperate with this plan. So here's my quick and dirty overview:
"Revelation" (on display through July 7th) takes viewers through Olitski's art from 1960 - 2006. His works are broken down into five categories: Stain Paintings, Spray Paintings, Baroque, High Baroque, and Late Works. It's always interesting to get a sense of the body of an artist's work. All of Olitski's work is abstract, but the styles and moods vary significantly from one period to the next. Olitski was instrumental in the development of "color field" painting, a style of art on the continuum of modern art after abstract expressionism. (When I think of abstract expressionism, I think of Jackson Pollock splattering his paint against his canvas. Many of the works of Mark Rothko--the subject of the wonderful play "Red" that I saw last year--fall into the school of color field painting.)
|Olitski's Tut Thief (1965)|
|Detail from Olitski's Lives of Angels (1990)|
|Olitski's With Love and Disregard:|
|Dine's Singing and|
Printing I (2001)
With that, my visit to the Naples Art Museum was complete. Once again, I'd learned some things, not only about art, but about myself. It's always a surprise to find out which works draw me in and which leave me cold. Like the world of art itself, my arts education is a continuum. I'm looking forward to the next chapter.