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David Park : a retrospective

Title
David Park : a retrospective / Janet Bishop.
Publication
  • San Francisco, California : San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ; Berkeley, California : University of California Press, [2019]
  • Verona, Italy : Verona Libri
  • ©2019

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Additional Authors
  • Park, David, 1911-1960
  • Bishop, Janet C.
  • McDowell, Tara
  • Keller, Corey
  • Chang, Sara Wessen
  • Hallman, Lee
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, host institution.
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, host institution.
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, issuing body, publisher, organizer, host institution.
  • University of California Press, publisher.
Description
219 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits; 30 cm
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Portraits.
  • Illustrated works.
  • Essays.
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • Exhibition catalogs.
Note
  • Catalog of an exhibition at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, June 2-September 8, 2019; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, December 21, 2019-March 15, 2020; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, April 11-September 7, 2020.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references.
Contents
David Park : A picture as an event / Janet Bishop -- The sessions men / Tara McDowell -- Man in a t-shirt : Imogen Cunningham's portraits of David Park / Corey Keller -- An extension of life : David Park's scroll / Sara Wessen Chang -- A simple medium : David Park's last works / Lee Hallman -- Chronology / Sara Wessen Chang.
Call Number
JQF 19-1167
ISBN
  • 0520304373
  • 9780520304376
LCCN
2018967713
OCLC
1054373058
Title
David Park : a retrospective / Janet Bishop.
Publisher
San Francisco, California : San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ; Berkeley, California : University of California Press, [2019]
Manufacturer
Verona, Italy : Verona Libri
Copyright Date
©2019
Type of Content
text
still image
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary
"This generously illustrated volume accompanies the first major museum exhibition in more than thirty years devoted to the powerfully expressive work of David Park (1911-1960), best known as the pioneer of Bay Area Figurative Art. A Boston native, Park moved to California at age 17 and spent nearly all of his adult life in the Bay Area. In the immediate postwar years, when Abstract Expressionism was seen as the only relevant style among avant-garde American painters, Park followed suit. In a moment of passion at mid-century, however, he destroyed nearly all of his abstract canvases and began painting pictures, as he called them, in so doing marking the beginning of Bay Area Figurative Art. Park's paintings of the 1950s--featuring both vernacular and classic subjects such as street scenes, musicians, portraits, interiors, and bathers--reveal how the artist harnessed the lessons of Abstract Expressionism to his own ends, with increasingly lush, bold, gestural paint handling and an extraordinary sense of color. In 1958-59 he reached his expressive peak, reveling in the sensuous qualities of paint to create intensely physical, psychologically charged, and deeply felt canvases. This fertile period cut short by illness in 1960, Park transferred his creative energy to other mediums. In the last year of his life, when he could no longer work on canvas, Park produced a thirty-foot-long felt-tip-pen scroll and a vibrant series of gouaches, representing a deliberate and self-conscious final statement. Featuring more than one hundred works of art, 'David Park: A Retrospective' traces the full arc of the artist's career, from his early Social Realist efforts of the 1930s to his figurative paintings of the 1950s and final works on paper. This volume features essays by Janet Bishop on Park's artistic journey; Tara McDowell on the Bay Area Figurative drawing sessions held by Park and his artistic circle; Corey Keller on the portraits that Park and photographer Imogen Cunningham made of each other; Sara Wessen Change on Park's 1960 scroll; and Lee Hallman on Park's 1960 gouaches; as well as an exhibition history and richly illustrated chronology that further illuminate the artist's life and career."--Dust jacket.
Chronological Term
1900-1999
Place of Publication
United States California San Francisco.
United States California Berkeley.
Added Author
Park, David, 1911-1960, artist.
Bishop, Janet C., editor, curator, author.
McDowell, Tara, author.
Keller, Corey, author.
Chang, Sara Wessen, author.
Hallman, Lee, author.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, host institution.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, host institution.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, issuing body, publisher, organizer, host institution.
University of California Press, publisher.
Research Call Number
JQF 19-1167
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