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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (30 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791351389
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791351384
  • Product Dimensions: 31.1 x 25.9 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Seminal artwork from one of California's best-known artists is gathered here in this beautifully reproduced exhibition catalog."

Los Angeles Times, 12/4/11 --Los Angeles Times 12/4/11

When looking at the lyrical, gridded compositions that make up Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park series... one can see the influence of Rothko, Mondrain and Matisse distilled in a Californian light... This timely book, titled after the series, accompanies an exhibition touring the US. --Royal Academy of Arts Magazine Number 114 Spring 2012

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SARAH C. BANCROFT is Curator at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California, and is an art historian of post-war American art. SUSAN LANDAUER is an art historian, scholar and curator who is an expert on post-war art in California. PETER LEVITT is a recipient of the Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry, as well as a published author of journalism, fiction, and translations.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By IrishArtlover on 17 Feb. 2012
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A quality book on Diebenkorn. Nice cover quality, heavy paper and those really wonderful series of paintings. Text just right. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. F. Harrison on 9 Mar. 2012
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Excellent book: beautiful, comprehensive illustrations of the Ocean Park paintings with informative text about the chronology of the series, and about the artistic influences on Diebenkorn in creating it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ian shalders on 25 Mar. 2013
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A wll presented book with lots of very good colour illustrations, the texts are informative. Of great value to any one interested in this Artist and American 20 century art.
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Fantastic book on Ocean Park Paintings 27 Oct. 2011
By C McGurk - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must get for those who love Diebenkorn's Ocean Park paintings. There is just the right amount of text in the beginning, followed by at least 139 fabulous color illustrations of these incredible paintings. The heavy weight paper is what you would expect for a quality art book. What is curious though, is why some painting were not properly enlarged to more adequately fit the page instead of being only postcard-sized. Also surprised that there was no dust jacket, but in all, a fantastic book on the Ocean Park series.
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A Rewarding Monograph on the Diebenkorn Ocean Park Series 26 Oct. 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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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. The catalogue also includes a chronology and select bibliography. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, October 11
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Some poor quality plates 14 April 2013
By Montaff - Published on Amazon.com
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I just opened my new book, “Richard Diebenkorn: the Ocean Park Series” and was astonished to find what look like defective reproductions of some of the works. I compared several plates with the same paintings in "Richard Diebenkorn, Revised and Expanded" by Gerald Norland and "The Art of Richard Diebenkorn" by Livingston, Elderfield, and Fine. While there are some differences between those 2 books, they are nothing like the bleached out reproductions of some of the same plates in the Ocean Park book. Ocean Park #130 is a good example of a very poor reproduction compared with the plates in Nordland and Livingston. For someone wanting most of the Ocean Park series, and high quality pictures, I think Gerald Nordland’s “Richard Diebenkorn” is a better choice than this. This book suggests poor quality control. Very disappointing.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fresh Perspective on an Important Painter 3 Dec. 2011
By William J. Havlicek, PhD - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is in my estimation a long time coming. For one thing it features paintings and drawings that do not appear in other Diebenkorn publications. Additionally, it offers rare photographs of the artist in his studio, with family and with works in process. The inclusion of this fresh material, accompanied by a reflective and insightful text present a rounded view of a remarkable man. Taken together works, photos and text equal a richly informative read. This book will have a long life and deservedly so. William J. Havlicek PhD.
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California Dreamin 14 Dec. 2012
By Scribbler - Published on Amazon.com
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The Ocean Park series, like so many other arts with a "Californian" tag, have never gained the same critical notoriety of works by Pollock, Rothko, or de Kooning--all contempories of Diebenkorn. For years I lamented the fact that Ocean Park No. 30, 1970 was consigned to the stairwell of the modern section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Now, it no longer hangs even there. Hopefully, this book will help a larger audience see and appreciate Diebenkorn for the contribution he made to American art. The strength of the book is found not only in its critical appraisal of Diebenkorn, but in the richness of the plates themselves. Far better than in Norland's classical book on Diebenkorn, the reader can see the layers of color that reveal the struggle and brilliance of these paintings.
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