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David Park: A Painter’s Life Hardcover – Mar 17 2012

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (March 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520268415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520268418
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #579,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The first full biographical portrait, not a memoir, of Park (1911-1960), the reticent founder of Bay Area Figuration, the region's only modern art movement so far to win global recognition."
(Kenneth Baker San Francisco Chronicle 2013-12-01)

“Even insiders who thought they knew this complicated artist will know him far better thanks to Boas.”
(San Francisco Chronicle 2012-05-06)

“Just as Park put the humanity back into an era of abstraction, Boas brings David Park the man into the foreground in a literary and historical sense.”
(Huffington Post 2012-02-28)

“A welcome volume.”
(Los Angeles Times 2012-03-13)

“[Boas’s] passion shows in how persuasively she argues for a wider recognition of Park’s importance.”
(Art Critical 2012-05-06)

“Shows how Park conferred a human presence on the painting of his time, influencing artists such as Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff.”
(San Jose Mercury News 2012-05-03)

“An enthralling read.”
(San Francisco Magazine 2012-02-01)

“[David Park’s] bold colors and everyday subjects helped usher in a new modernism.”
(Berkeleyside 2012-04-04)

“[A project] put together with care.”
(San Francisco Chronicle 2012-03-27)

From the Inside Flap

"At last a reliable and enlightening biography of David Park—one of America's most original artists. Boas fills in the many gaps of Park's life, all of which influenced his art."—Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

“This book makes a very important contribution to the literature on David Park and on Bay Area art from the 1930s through the 1950s more generally. Nancy Boas has done a tremendous amount of research on her subject, presenting totally new information on Park’s art and life in polished prose that will attract a wide audience within the art world. There is no question that this will become the standard biography on Park.”—Steven Nash, Executive Director, Palm Springs Art Museum

“This is a well-researched, engaging, and informative biography, detailing the life and work of one of California’s most important modern artists. Nancy Boas inspires a deep admiration for David Park’s late figurative paintings, and anyone with an interest in Park and his milieu will find this a valuable and engrossing book.”—David Cateforis, Professor of Art History, University of Kansas

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