PRINT July 1962

David Park

“David Park now has a reasonably secure option on a niche in American art annals, and, along with it, he has his epithet; he is ‘the first California new figurative painter.’ Those of us here who knew him feel mildly pleased, on the whole, that his memory now has this status symbol, and that he himself had a taste of whatever pleasures success gives before he died last year. However, now that his epithet has provided a beginning for the understanding of his work, it is time to expand into a broader, more penetrating appreciation of his art. The current retrospective exhibition, which the Staempfli Gallery has organized, is a fit occasion for this to commence.”

Paul Mills, Director, Oakland Art Museum. From the catalogue, David Park Retrospective Exhibition.