San Francisco

David Park

University Art Gallery, U.C. Berkeley

A memorial exhibition of 39 paintings from the last five years of Park’s life, when he was on the faculty of the University of California (1955–1960). Many are from collections of friends, and among them are some that Park would probably have deleted. But there is something of the cult of a personality connected with him, (there was even before his death) that seemingly makes everything he did or said inordinately important here. The sudden burgeoning of what at first appeared to be not much more than a mediocre talent when he was painting goopy abstractions into an astonishingly inventive artist as he turned toward the figure may have had something to do with it.

The University show surveys, with not the best of all possible examples, this burgeoning. Several broadly painted portraits are included. They are penetrating likenesses. The still life and figure compositions range from small

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