This work will be included in the forthcoming Richard Diebenkorn catalogue raisonné of paintings and drawings being prepared by the Estate of Richard Diebenkorn.
Richard Diebenkorn's Untitled (Ocean Park) from 1980 is a stunning painting on paper from the eponymous series for which the artist is best known. Begun in 1968, the Ocean Park works were instantly acclaimed as major achievements--Diebenkorn would mine its rich possibilities for the remainder of his career. The series is directly indebted to Henri Matisse's near abstract paintings from 1909-1916, in which the French master painted spare interiors that became rigid yet sensuous geometric patterns. Diebenkorn's Ocean Park works take Matisse's ideas even further in their abstract quality, yet retain representational references. Diebenkorn created drawings and paintings on paper throughout his career, and gave them the same care and deliberation as his works on canvas. They are not studies for larger paintings, but independent and completely realized works. Writing in the catalogue for the landmark Diebenkorn exhibition of Works on Paper, John Elderfield wrote, "Each work on paper is a prolonged meditation on what drawing can accomplish at the threshold of painting" (J. Elderfield, The Drawings of Richard Dibenkorn, New York, p. 52).