David Park: A Painter's Life

Nancy Boas (Author)

Product Details

University of California Press
Publish Date
March 17, 2012
7.47 X 1.19 X 10.21 inches | 2.28 pounds

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About the Author

Nancy Boas is the author of The Society of Six: California Colorists (UC Press) and a contributor to the exhibition and catalog Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area (UC Press). She was Adjunct Curator of American Paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and co-curated the exhibition California Colorists: Paintings by the Society of Six.


"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" (12/01/2013)
"Even insiders who thought they knew this complicated artist will know him far better thanks to Boas."--San Francisco Chronicle (05/06/2012)
"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 (02/28/2012)
"A welcome volume."--Los Angeles Times (03/13/2012)
"[Boas's] passion shows in how persuasively she argues for a wider recognition of Park's importance."--Art Critical (05/06/2012)
"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 (05/03/2012)
"An enthralling read."--San Francisco Magazine (02/01/2012)
"[A project] put together with care."--San Francisco Chronicle (03/27/2012)
"[David Park's] bold colors and everyday subjects helped usher in a new modernism."--Berkeleyside (04/04/2012)