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Cover | David Park

Woman with Baby (Gouache on paper, 1960, 14 x 11 inches; private collection; photo courtesy of Hackett | Mill, representative of the Estate of David Park) The importance of David Park as an artist and influential teacher in the Bay Area can be seen in the development of Bay Area Figurative Art. The flourishing legacy of Park is spotlighted by the Richmond Art Center in the current exhibition, David Park: Personal Perspectives and in a companion exhibition, The Human Spirit: Contemporary Figuration as an Expression of Humanism. Looking to the small and intimate works on paper, a dedication to relationships and nature can be viewed through Park's unique perspective: up close, direct, and bold elements of shape and color. The painting in gouache, Woman with Baby, captures the observer. Arms in a connecting circle, hands holding firm in a circling pattern, the woman and baby are held firmly in a gaze of tenderness and intimacy, secure in a mutual embrace. These works from the 1930s through 1960, the year of Park's death, are on view at the Richmond Art Center through May 22.

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May 2016 Issue:
Table of Contents

FEATURE |  Taking Drastic Measures
Painter David Park abandoned Abstract Expressionism at the Berkeley dump, with the Bay Area Figurative Movement gaining import as a result.
By Lou Fancher.

ENVIRONMENT |  Planting Fundamentals
Plant-driven garden designs blend function with fun. 
By Anne Weinberger.

CULTURE | Arts, Events, and Diversions
|  Why the Left Should Support Trump
This electoral campaign season is full of surprises.
By Reese Erlich.

FILM |  Black Studies Matter
Abby Ginzberg's new documentary, Agents of Change, revisits black activism at SF State and Cornell in the '60s.
By Michael Fox.

DINING REVIEW |  Belotti Ristorante
A star rises in Rockridge with a passionate young chef who crafts some of the best pasta in the East Bay.
By Ethan Fletcher.

The Kilduff File |  Betty Reid Soskin
A 94-year-old Rosie the Riveter park ranger reflects on less rosy times.
By Paul Kilduff

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