LA has so many quintessential art movements and artists. The Getty Foundation masterminded the 'Pacific Standard Time' series and funded over 60 institutions to research and hang exhibitions about the west coast's contribution to contemporary art.
It was not easy coming back to Illinois from my art trip to LA this winter; the traffic is easier than Chicago, there are palm trees, great art, ambience, driving across the many canyons connecting areas of greater LA, finding streets and areas rich with meaning from art and from movies.
Near this picture of me at Venice Beach is the street Ocean Park. Any painter worth her or his salt knows Diebenkorn's Ocean Park Series of paintings. Richard Diebenkorn had a studio on Ocean Park, and rather than look toward the seductive Pacific, he turned away and looked uphill at the geometry of the street rising upward from the ocean. This geometry and his particular California vision created the legendary Ocean Park Series of paintings, one of which was on view at the Getty Museum in its PST tribute exhibition. Now, an exhibit of Diebenkorn's seminal paintings "Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series" opened Feb 24 at the Orange County Museum of Art.