Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series

February 26, 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. 

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Image Credit:

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