Pick of the Week for May 3rd, 2012
There are three weeks left to visit Newport Beach and bask in the multifarious light of Richard Diebenkorn. The Venue is the Orange County Museum of Art. The exhibition is a remarkable concentration of the artist’s Ocean Park series. The opportunity is not to be missed.
There are multitude of reasons to love the show. At 75 paintings, drawings and prints, the scale of exhibition is pitch perfect. It conveys the vast and dedicated focus of Diebenkorn’s investigation over 26 years of his career. Unlike the lockstep memes created by most major institutions when mounting significant retrospectives, the Orange County exhibit allows the viewer to enter the exhibit through three doors. Each self created trajectory offers a different narrative, none of which is better than the other. Trajectories can be chronological or by medium or scale but the upshot is to offer insights to the endless variations on a theme.
Diebenkorn’s masterful handling of paint is in evidence everywhere. Pinks are suffused with orange under painting and chalky blues are interrupted by glossy crimsons. Drawing and painting also co-exist on the picture plane in a harmony rarely evidenced in modern painting. Similarly line gives way to form, outline acquiesces to volume and figure & ground damn near boogie on every canvas.
Lastly it must be said that Dienbenkorn is the ultimate iconoclast for he forged a picture plane with such immense compositional rigor while never alienating the viewer’s need for optical pleasure. In this bit of heroic prestidigitation, he proves that there is a both/and paradigm to the pursuits of contemporary image making.
Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series continues at the Orange County Museum of Art through May 27th, 2012. The exhibition will make its final stop at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. where it opens on June 30th, 2012
-Mario M. Muller, Los Angeles, April 30th, 2012
also by Mario M. Muller
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- Robert Therrien at Gagosian, Beverly Hills - January 22nd, 2014
- Art Fair Season in Los Angeles - January 15th, 2014
- Roy Dowell at Various Small Fires - October 14th, 2013
- Leon Benn at Carter & Citizen - September 13th, 2013