Corcoran Art Gallery Exhibit | Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series

This summer, the Corcoran Gallery of Art  and College of Art + Design will feature Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series. The exhibition, on display from June 30, 2012-September 23, 2012, features nearly 80 works—large-scale paintings, smaller paintings made on cigar box lids, mixed-media drawings on paper, monotypes, and prints—brought together for the first time through educational and cultural programs to offer a full exploration of the varied media in which Diebenkorn worked.

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #79, 1975. Oil on canvas, 93 x 81 inches. 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.

Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) was a pivotal figure in the history of modern painting. The Ocean Park series is distinguished by large, luminous paintings that build upon a grid-like system, with extensive reworking and scraped layers of translucent paint. Consisting of monumental, geometric panes of saturated color, the ethereal and powerful paintings in the Ocean Park series capture the psychology of place that defined the California coast during this time and showcase the innovations and improvisations of an artist whose work inspired legions of artists and  advanced the lexicon of abstraction.

The Corcoran’s hours of operation are as follows: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission to Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park  Series will be FREE every Saturday during the Corcoran’s popular FREE Summer Saturdays promotion, Memorial Day to Labor Day, May 28 to September 3. Visit for information.

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