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, available here, and will tour to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
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 Bancroft.
The exhibition is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation and BNY Mellon Wealth Management is the National Presenting Sponsor.
The catalog is underwritten by Lilly and Paul Merage.
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. Rosalyn M. Laudati and Dr. James B. Pick, Barbara and Victor L. Klein, and the Beall Family Foundation.
Additional support is provided by Toni Berlinger, The Broad Art Foundation, Kingsley and Jack Croul, the Robert Lehman Foundation, Linda P. Maggard, Twyla and Chuck Martin, Joan Riach-Gayner, and the Visionaries.
The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Lead sponsor of the museum’s 50th Anniversary is Cartier
Richard Diebenkorn Opening Day Event Sunday, February 26
Galleries open 11 am - 5 pm
Free with admission
Celebrate the opening of Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series
1 pm Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, daughter of Richard Diebenkorn, will share her insights and thoughts on the life and art of her father. Her talk will be followed by a tour of the exhibition by curator Sarah C. Bancroft.