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Richard Diebenkorn, who died in 1993, is generally acknowledged as one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century. The luminous abstractions of his later career and the innovative figurative works of his middle years firmly established him as a master in the high tradition of modernism.

This revised and expanded edition of the first comprehensive monograph on the artist presents a rich selection of the artist's oeuvre. Until the mid-1950s, he painted in the abstract expressionist tradition (synthesizing, as he has since, such disparate influences as de Kooning, Gorky, Hopper, and C├ęzanne) before turning (unfashionably) to figurative painting along with artists David Park and Elmer Bischoff. He then embarked on the series of large abstract paintings for which he is best known--each titled Ocean Park after the beachside community where he worked. Reminiscent of Matisse in color and Mondrian in geometry, these are some of the most remarkable accomplishments of twentieth-century art. The updated section of this edition follows Diebenkorn's career from the mid-1980s until his death, focusing particularly on his adventurous late works on paper. In each "phase" of his career, Diebenkorn explored the intricate interplay between formal rigor and luminous, sensual color with the same masterful hand.

Along with several hundred reproductions of the artist's work, critic Gerald Nordland provides a thoughtful and informative study of Diebenkorn's life and career, an updated, comprehensive exhibition history, and a selected bibliography.
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Editorial Reviews

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This is a first monograph on a major modern American painter most often associated with the rise of Abstract Expressionism in the 1940s and 1950s. Nordland knows his subject; the text is celebratory, and perhaps not as critical as desirable, but the insights are succinct. Portraying Diebenkorn's achievements chronologically, it includes discussion of his alternative work in the figurative mode. The text focuses largely on visual description of the painter's themes, but the excellent plates and exhibition history attest to the artist's ``master'' status. Well designed for academic library use, whether for studio or art historical research, the book is also a viable, if expensive, option for general collections since Diebenkorn's work is found in many museums. Paula A. Baxter, NYPL
A towering figure in 20th-century art, Diebenkorn (d.1993) stuck firmly to his own ideas through the many phases of his life, working until the mid-1950s in the abstract expressionist tradition before turning to figurative painting, and then embarking on his most well-known series of large abstract paintings, each titled . Art critic and former museum administrator Nordland, who has been a commentator on the life and art of Richard Diebenkorn for almost 40 years, provides an extensive, in-depth study to accompany the several hundred reproductions presented in this oversize (10.5x12<">) volume. The revisions to this edition (first, 1987) include discussion of Diebenkorn's career from the mid-1980s until his death, as well as an updated comprehensive exhibition history and bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847823482
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED & EXPANDED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 525,612
  • Product dimensions: 10.55 (w) x 12.60 (h) x 1.32 (d)

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