New York

Richard Diebenkorn

Poindexter Gallery

The very fact that it is a relatively simple matter to distinguish between Richard Diebenkorn’s good and less than good paintings says something, I believe, about the quality of his art. Diebenkorn was, and still is, one of the finest painters in America, and I do not mean to belittle his achievement. The best paintings in his recent exhibition at the Poindexter Gallery were very good indeed, but were good in a relatively familiar way. He seems, in effect, to have been challenged by the quality of some of the best painting of this century, but seems not to have gone beyond the terms that it established. As a result there is something rather safe, albeit mature and very beautiful, about even his best paintings that has to do, I suspect, with Diebenkorn’s unwillingness to challenge his own canons of taste.

Three of Diebenkorn’s abstract paintings from the Ocean Park series seem, to my eye at

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