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David Park : a retrospective / Janet Bishop

David Park : a retrospective / Janet Bishop
  • 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
  • Bishop, Janet C.,
  • Chang, Sara Wessen,
  • Hallman, Lee,
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, host institution.
  • Keller, Corey,
  • McDowell, Tara,
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, host institution.
  • Park, David, 1911-1960,
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, issuing body, publisher, organizer, host institution.
  • University of California Press, publisher.
219 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits; 30 cm
"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."
  • Essays.
  • Exhibition catalogs.
  • Illustrated works.
  • Portraits.
  • 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
  • 0520304373
  • 9780520304376
Owning Institutions
Columbia University Libraries