Edition of 144
35 x 44 inches
b. 1907, St. Petersburg, Russia – d. 1981
Bolotowsky respected the principles of the De Stijl style and was influenced by the artist, Piet Mondrian. Bolotowsky incorporated geometric forms and colors outside of the structure and colors of De Stijl to create an aesthetically independent body work based in meditative color relationships.
He was also influenced by Kazimir Malevich and was fascinated with the ideology of Neo-Plasticism. An exemplary work is Naples Yellow and Grey (1958), in which Bolotowsky delivers a nuanced work without the use of primary colors. Instead, he punctuates gradations of white, greys, and the warmth of Naples Yellow with slender rectangles of aqua blue, dusty rose, and bluish purple—all of equal intensities.
In 1936, Bolotowsky co-founded the organization, American Abstract Artists in New York City at a time when abstract art was met with strong criticism.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY