Past Exhibitions

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series

Exhibition Through May 27, 2012

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series is the first major museum exhibition to explore the artist’s most celebrated series created from 1967 to 1988. Recognized as a leading West Coast Abstract Expressionist in the 1950s, Diebenkorn turned his attention to figurative painting in 1955 and achieved equal success in this alternate style. In 1967 he returned to abstraction, and during the next twenty years would forge one of the most compelling and masterful bodies of work of the 20th century: the Ocean Park series. Featuring approximately 80 works—including paintings, prints, drawings, and collages—this exhibition captures Diebenkorn’s practice of working simultaneously in diverse media and provides audiences with the first opportunity to explore the complexity of Diebenkorn’s artistic and aesthetic concerns in this seminal body of work. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 250-page, fully illustrated catalogue. The exhibition began at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and after the exhibition closes at OCMA, it will travel to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. 

Mat Gleason’s review on Huffington Post calls the exhibition ‘epic.’

Christopher Knight’s review in Los Angeles Times states “[Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park paintings] bring a commitment to abstraction to a virtuoso climax.”

Listen to Hunter Drohojawska-Philp’s review from KCRW radio, 89.9.

Susan Stamberg’s interview with Sarah Bancroft that aired on NPR’s Morning Edition.

The Boston Globe’s Sebastian Smee tweets “my fave show in AGES. Blisteringly great painting.” Read his full review here.


Image Credits:

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #105 (detail), 1978; Oil and charcoal on canvas; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase, Sid W. Richardson Foundation Endowment Fund and The Burnett Foundation. ©The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #36, 1970; Oil on canvas; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Gift of David H. Steinmetz; © The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #79, 1975; Oil on canvas; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Purchased with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and with funds contributed by private donors, 1977. ©The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

Exhibition Credits

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series is co-organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The exhibition is curated by OCMA Curator Sarah C. Bancroft.


The exhibition is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation. 

BNY Mellon Wealth Management is the National Presenting Sponsor. 

The catalog is underwritten by Lilly and Paul Merage. Additional support for the catalog is provided by The Broad Art Foundation. 

Major support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Pamela and James Muzzy, and Jean and Tim Weiss.

Significant gifts are provided by Dr. James B. Pick and Dr. Rosalyn M. Laudati, Barbara and Victor L. Klein, and the Beall Family Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Toni Berlinger, Kingsley and Jack Croul, the Robert Lehman Foundation, Linda P. Maggard, Twyla and Charles D. Martin, Joan Riach-Gayner, and the Visionaries.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The museum’s 50th Anniversary Lead Sponsor is Cartier

The 50th Anniversary Elite Sponsors are South Coast Plaza and 24 carrots-catering and events.