Islamorada exhibit of Poons and Olitski

An exhibit that pairs both Larry Poons and Jules Olitski is opening:

The allure of fishing drew Olitski and Poons to Islamorada. Poons was teaching at Broward Community College in 1976 when he and Paula De Luccia drove down to the Keys, where they found Abel’s Tackle Box, rented a boat, got lost, and decided that Islamorada had a “sense of the wild” that appealed to them. Olitski heard about the fishing from Poons and decided to venture south to the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World.”


It was a unique moment in time for Islamorada when they were both painting here, Poons in his outdoor studio and Olitski in his home studio. With Painting in Paradise, we have an opportunity to view their work together and appreciate both the significance and influence of this place and time on their work.

The opening of the exhibition combining abstract paintings by Lawrence “Larry” Poons and the late Jules Olitski is scheduled for March 16, 2017 at The Moorings Photography and Art Gallery in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.

Olitski’s and Poon’s work is discussed several times in the book Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques .