Richard Diebenkorn

Poindexter Gallery

At Poindexter Richard Diebenkorn showed a series of drawings in gouache, charcoal, and ink which consolidated a whole range of esthetic cues to be found in work such as Franz Kline’s and Eva Hesse’s. The drawings are clearly related to the “Ocean Park” series of paintings, some of which comprised Diebenkorn’s last show here, and two of which were on hand with the drawings. The interest of the “Ocean Park” series seemed to be in drawing within painting, that is, with identifying the possibility of figuration with a certain technique, and then asserting the sensuous priority of paint and the abstraction of painting through the proper handling of paint and color. The drawing done within those paintings was abstract to begin with, but always with a suggestion of map-like, landscape figure blushing through.

The drawings, apparently because they are limited to very drab shades, where colored at

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