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

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This stunning exhibition catalogue celebrates in-depth for the first time Richard Diebenkorn's seminal Ocean Park works, serving as a major reference and a source of new scholarship on the series.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel USA (September 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791351389
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791351384
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By C McGurk on October 27, 2011
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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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 26, 2011
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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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Montaff on April 13, 2013
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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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William J. Havlicek, PhD on December 2, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scribbler on December 13, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie on August 25, 2012
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After seeing this book at the library, it was impossible not to buy a copy. The biographical section is interesting and each photograph draws you further into the collection. The images are beautiful, practically radiating their own light from the page and staying with you for a long time. A definitive edition for the Ocean Park Series.
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First off, I love looking at art especially paintings and prefer to see them in person but that can be difficult most of the times so seeing great reproductions are the next best thing. And I hate it when you get a book on an artist with a great sense of scale & color and the book's reproductions are small (and worse if they are in black & white).

This is not the case with this book. Really excellent full page reproductions, well printed and in my estimation worthy of the amazing artwork Mr. Diebenkorn created. I would rate this book as an essential book to add to your art-book collection. And if you are a fan of Richard Diebenkorn, what you don't already have this? Then stop reading reviews and get it now. You won't be disappointed.
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