Richard Diebenkorn : The Ocean Park Series, Hardback
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As he traversed the worlds of abstract expressionism and figurative painting, Diebenkorn became one of America's most beloved post-war artists.

The Ocean Park series, begun in 1967 and comprising works in a variety of media, is arguably the most celebrated of his illustrious career.

This book features beautifully reproduced works that radiate with colour, allowing readers to appreciate the artist's evolving palette as well as his brilliant geometric explorations.

The paintings, prints, drawings and collages that make up the series are examined from diverse perspectives in essays that bring to light new influences and conceptual frameworks that reposition the Ocean Park series, as well as the artist's role in the history of post-war art.

The result is a timely re-examination of a major body of work that will excite the numerous fans of this quintessential California artist.




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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.

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The selection of works here is the broadest I have ever seen. It includes many works I've never seen in any gallery or museum. The printing job is exquisite (Italy). I'm not sure of the dot pitch, but it must be at least 600 dpi if not more. Fantastic detail! Subtle colors and a reassuringly heavy full cloth binding meant to last.

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