The Jules Olitski Project is a group exhibition that places a single painting by Jules Olitski (1922-2007), collected by Richard and Carolyn Barry, alongside paintings and sculpture by artists from New York, Richmond and Norfolk.
The show explores Olitski's affinity with other artists in terms of process, materials and reference. The sumptuous and iridescent painting Flight Scriber (1990), suggests the yearning for pure aesthetics characteristic of the Color Field movement, but also the allure of the commodity. This dialectic is shared by the other artists in the show, which includes Inna Babaeva, Suzanna Fields, Matthew F Fisher, Jeff Kessel, Benjamin La Rocco, Moira Dryer, Edward Avedisian, and Fay Zetlin.
Preceding the 7 p.m. reception on March 16, a panel discussion will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Panel participants will include Vittorio Colaizzi, the exhibition's organizer and Assistant Professor of Art History at Old Dominion University; Lily Siegel, Executive Director and Curator of the Greater Reston Arts Center, and curator of the upcoming Moira Dryer exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; and two of the exhibition's featured artists, Inna Babaeva of New York City and Suzanna Fields of Richmond, Virginia.
Photo: Dave Chance Photography