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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book on Ocean Park Paintings
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...
Published on October 27, 2011 by C McGurk

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2.0 out of 5 stars Some poor quality plates
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...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book on Ocean Park Paintings, October 27, 2011
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C McGurk (Southern California) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rewarding Monograph on the Diebenkorn Ocean Park Series, 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. 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
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some poor quality plates, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Perspective on an Important Painter, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars California Dreamin, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Does his paintings justice, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally..,, March 8, 2014
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Ocean park is such a great and seminal series. Glad it was finally put together, just wish I had gotten to the show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing paintings presented well, March 8, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A beauty, February 14, 2013
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This lovely book covers Diebenkorn's most famous series of paintings. Unusually, it doesn't come with a dust jacket. The image on the front is affixed to the binding. This is a must-have monograph for anyone interested in Diebenkorn or Post-War painting in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great!, February 3, 2013
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I saw the show at the Corcoran in DC and loved it! I knew I needed the catalog, but they were sold out at the Museum. Luckily I found it on here.
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