Los Angeles

Richard Diebenkorn, Richard Tuttle, Douglas Huebler

LACMA, Nicholas Whilder Gallery, Eugenia Butler Gallery

The new paintings of RICHARD DIEBENKORN shown during the summer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are one of a series of “mini exhibitions” organized by Maurice Tuchman’s staff, an unpretentious program in which previous exhibitions have included Burgoyne Diller and George Brecht, and future ones will be devoted to Stephan Von Huene and Dan Flavin.

The nine Diebenkorns in the present exhibition are all part of the Ocean Park series, painted in a part of Santa Monica which borders on Venice. All were painted in late 1968 and early 1969 and all are non-representational, Diebenkorn having quit the figure in 1967.

The paintings are at first glance severe and rather highly structural compositions carefully and thoughtfully crafted. They owe a debt to Abstract Expressionism but it is a debt of permissiveness rather than one of technique. Someone, speaking of Diebenkorn’s figurative paintings,

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