Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series

by Sarah C. Bancroft


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ISBN-13: 9783791351384
Publisher: Prestel Publishing
Publication date: 09/29/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 660,082
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
For many followers of the art of Richard Diebenkorn his OCEAN PARK SERIES is the core of the unusual and compelling beauty of his work. It is pure abstraction and despite the fact that his figurative work has grown even more popular in the past decade these paintings (and prints and drawings) are so quintessentially 'Diebenkorn' that it is with great pleasure that we finally have a monograph as fine as this to concentrate solely on this series of paintings. The book RICHARD DIEBENKORN: THE OCEAN PARK SERIES is a catalogue created accompany a traveling exhibition among The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The exhibition is the most comprehensive show to date of Diebenkorn's most celebrated body of work, the Ocean Park series and was curated by OCMA curator Sarah C. Bancroft. Presenting more than 75 Ocean Park paintings, prints, and drawings-the largest selection ever on view together-this unprecedented project offers the opportunity to explore in-depth the complexity of Diebenkorn's artistic and aesthetic achievements within this series. Works in the exhibition come from prominent museums, institutions, and private collections across the country, many of which have rarely been seen by the public. Richard Diebenkorn (1922 - 1993) remains one of the leading figures in Bay Area Art. In 1967 he began the Ocean Park Series, a project that would be a focus for the next 20 years: Diebenkorn made no fewer than 145 Ocean Park paintings, including the small cigar-box lids paintings from the mid-to-late 1970s. His works on paper (drawings, collages, and paintings on paper) number nearly 500, and his prints-often overlooked and rarely shown in conjunction with the paintings-represent another significant body of work. This series was inspired by the quality of light in Southern California. As the catalogue states, 'Each work was for Diebenkorn an exploration for "rightness," an attempt to solve complex and often self-imposed compositional and unique problems, welcome mistakes, push through objections and self-doubt to come to a balanced resolution. The compositions were built-up through periods of activity in which erasures, revisions, accretions, and ultimately hard-won resolutions coalesced into nuanced compositions. The artist worked and reworked canvases, scraping and repainting, building up layers and abstract geometric relationships, atmospheric fields and planes, finally arriving at a resolution. Anger, frustration, hesitation, despair, and relief all came to bear on the paintings: a combination of intention, intuition, and improvisation.' The Ocean Park works are a unique combination of environment and abstract invention. As Diebenkorn stated 'I arrive at the light only after painting it, not by aiming for it.' Not only is this book impressive for it subject matter, but it is also a beautifully designed and reproduced book of these important and in many ways mysterious works. Included in the catalogue are essays by Sarah C. Bancroft, curator at the Orange County Museum of Art; Susan Landauer, an art historian and scholar who is an expert on postwar art in California, and Peter Levitt, a recipient of the Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry, as well as published author of journalism, fiction, and translations.
evergene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At a show at LACMA where many of these paintings were hung, I overheard one matronly woman whisper to her friend, "Well, as far as I can tell, he just painted the same thing over and over." She meant it as a criticism, but that's exactly what makes these paintings so brilliant. "The same thing" turns out to be different in every painting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago