David Park: A Painter S Life

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Univ of California Press, Mar 17, 2012 - Art - 357 pages
David Park (1911Š1960), transplanted Bostonian turned ground-breaking West Coast painter, led the way in creating what became known as Bay Area Figurative ArtŃa daring move during the post-World War II years when abstract expressionism held sway. In this beautifully illustrated biography, compiled from comprehensive and sweeping interviews, Nancy Boas traces ParkÕs resolute search for a new kind of figuration, one that would penetrate abstract expressionismÕs thickly layered surfaces and infuse them with human presence. Boas changes our understanding of Park as a painter, highlighting his strong influence on Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, and other artists at the California School of Fine Arts and the University of California, Berkeley. She plunges us into the lively 1940s and 1950s Bay Area art scene, pointing to ParkÕs work as a bold alternative to the abstractions of Clyfford Still. As the book deepens our admiration for ParkÕs figurative paintings, it affirms his stature as a major figure in American art, one who spurred the figurative impulse across the United States and abroad.
 

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Contents

ProLogUe Values Not Scenes
1
First Years 19111928
5
Out West 19281930
18
New Friends 19311934
33
Genesis 19341936
44
Back East 19361941
59
The War Effort 19411944
76
The California School of Fine Arts 19451946
84
Call Them Pictures 19501953
133
A Single Self 19531955
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From Domestic Scenes to Bathers and Nudes 19551958
177
Image and Void 19581959
211
CoDa The Blaze in the Darkness
266
Notes
277
Selected Bibliography
317
List of Illustrations
333

In the Studio 19461949
108

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About the author (2012)

Nancy Boas is the author of The Society of Six: California Colorists (UC Press) and a contributor to the exhibition and catalog Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area (UC Press). She was Adjunct Curator of American Paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and co-curated the exhibition California Colorists: Paintings by the Society of Six.

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