Palo Alto

David Park

Standford University Museum of Art

David Park had a way of making the human figures in his late pictures seem timeless in their solidity and placement yet fleeting in character; the more relaxed Park was with his paint, the sturdier they became. They might be the stand-up, schematic remnants of a golden age; they might be trees. Such figures were represented in this show of works on paper (1934–1960) by seven undated ink-wash drawings and a dozen gouaches from the series of gouaches Park did in 1960, within the last four months of his life. They exemplify Park at his most declarative and vibrant. The rest of the selection comprised drawings in pencil, chalk, watercolor, crayon, and felt-tipped pen from the mid ’30s on, and a large collage of portrait heads from 1952–53. The pencil drawings show various modes of compression and an innate quirkiness. Park liked to give his figures little if any headroom against the top edge

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