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  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (December 13, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520068424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520068421
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It had gotten to the point . . . where anything seemed possible in abstract painting, and therefore nothing was. It was a liberation to paint the figure, to deal with forms that followed other forms."--Richard Diebenkorn, "National Observer, 22 April 1968.

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"Should be the classic, central, definitive work on the emergence of Bay Area Figurative painting."—Paul Mills, author of The New Figurative Painting of David Park

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The color illustrations are excellent.
L. D. Baldwin
It has added so much to my understanding of what I do, and how I view abstracted figurative art in general.
Michael Aldana
I highly recommend this book to anyone's art book library.
Denise T Finch

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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Ben Castle (Grillage@mac.com) on August 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
I had the opportunity to see this show in Philadelphia and it absolutely blew me away. Not only does it include Richard Diebenkorn's best work, but it also includes work by Paul Wonner, Elmer Bischoff, Manuel Neri, Nathan Oliveira and David Park (among others). I have drawn endless inspiration from this book and you most likely will too.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael Aldana on July 21, 2004
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Take my advice from one artist to another... this book has impact. It has added so much to my understanding of what I do, and how I view abstracted figurative art in general. I recommend this book to all artists who work in figures. The reproductions in this book are full of color and there is very little to complain about. For those who are not artists, but enjoy reading about the subject, this book fulfills. You read about the artists struggles, success, personal lives and how they came to be THE Bay Area Figurative Artists. Their art, timeless... and this book lends them the respect they deserve but rarely get.

Michael Aldana

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Max Willmann on April 15, 2008
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Bay Area Figurative Art: 1950-1965

This is a wonderful book with a specific emphasis on the bay area figurative scene circa 50's & 60's. It vignettes several artists from the heavily enriched San Francisco Bay Area. I found it a good place to discover some lesser-known artists that played a part of the emerging figurative art movement. This book presents the last stirrings of abstract expressionism into the birth of a newly re-discovered figure. If you enjoy the works of Richard Diebenkorn , David Parks, Paul Wonner, Joan Brown, Elmer Bischoff, you may find a few other artist in this book to investigate further.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Comoglio on July 22, 2009
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I was fortunate to attend this exhibit when it opened at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. After hours upon hours of looking at the nagnificent works of art, I rushed to the Museum store to purchase a copy. This book clearly identifies 3 generations of Bay Area figurative painters, starting w/ Hasel Smith and David Park, and finishing with Manuel Neri and Joan Brown. The book has many photos on each of the artists works, and bios, and a little history how this movement came about. I still look at this book all the time, and that alone is a tribute to its lasting qualities.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Kimble on February 22, 2012
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Don't be fooled by all these 5 star reviews. If you're planning on buying this book for the "art" you're going to be sorely disappointed. There's far too much filler and not enough art. To give you an example, the last 100 or more pages are nothing but "bibliography". The paintings that are shown in this book never even take up a whole page and usually appear pretty small, as if they were an afterthought. This book might be good for the pseudo-intellectual type that wants to display it on their bookshelf so their friends will think they're sophisticated, but for actual artists like myself it's pretty much a paperweight and a waste of $50.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise T Finch on December 14, 2013
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I'm a docent at the Palm Springs Art Museum and we currently have an exhibition (Oct. 26, 2013 to Feb. 16, 2014)titled, "Richard Diebenkorn, The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966". I wanted more information about the impact of these artists in an art historical context, when discussing Diebenkorn's work. I found the information very valuable and the color plates are a great reproduction and likeness to the original art. I highly recommend this book to anyone's art book library.

It's an easy read and very enlightening!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shabby chic artist on December 10, 2013
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Great book to read about SF artists in the 1950's. Enjoyable book to read and pleasant images to visualize the works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim C. on October 24, 2013
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Simply one of the best books regarding Bay Area Figurative ever written. Caroline Jones wrote this finely tuned monograph perfectly. I has inspired me throughout the years and I refer to it over and over. If you have any interest in abstract expressionism, California artists, or the mid-century academic aesthetic in art, you will not be disappointed. Just buy the book for your collection.
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