Artist: Joel Barletta (1924 – 2012 ) American
Dated: 1965, signed Barletta , verso
Measure: 60″h x 48″w inches
Farhat Art Museum Collection
Joel Barletta was active / lived in California, New Jersey. Joel Barletta was known for geometric abstraction.
Painter. Born in New Jersey: attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, the Art Students League of New York, and CSFA. His paintings of the mid-1950’s were big, craggy abstractions in which dramatic sweeps of pigment contrasted with the movement of energetic black-and-white lines. Around1957 his paintings assumed somewhat more recognizable landscape forms. Built in flowing. horizontal layers that suggested mountains, canyons and buttes. In the early 1960’s these became more fluid and atmospheric, and by the late 1960’s his canvases become monochromatic fields, divided diagonally into two or three broad geometric planes that differed only in subtle ( something almost subliminal) nuance of value and intensity. Barely was one of the early exhibitors at the Dilexi Gallery in the late 1950’s.
His works are in the collections of the Oakland Museum of California and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1965.
Art in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980
An Illustrated History by Thomas Albright