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Jules Olitski notes to Joan Olitski, 1981-2004

Olitski, Joan C., 1937-

This site provides access to the notes of Jules Olitski to Joan Olitski in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2015, and total 18 images.

Collection Information

Size: 0.02 Linear feet

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.

Biographical/Historical Note

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).


The notes were donated in 2014 by Olitski's wife, Joan Olitski, also known as Kristina.

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Language Note

The collection is in English.