“The post-1967 abstractions have seemed to many sufficiently referential so that it is a critical commonplace to see them as suffused with a special California light, and as dense with coastal allusions to sky, ocean, seaside and sun, tawny hills, bleached architecture, sharp shadows and angular illuminations, green expanses and glimpsed distant blues, and possibly haunted by the erasure of human presences.”

— Arthur Danto, Encounters & Reflections: Art in the Historical Present

[excerpt here]

Richard Diebenkorn, Aquatint with Drypoint Halo, 1978

“The post-1967 abstractions have seemed to many sufficiently referential so that it is a critical commonplace to see them as suffused with a special California light, and as dense with coastal allusions to sky, ocean, seaside and sun, tawny hills, bleached architecture, sharp shadows and angular illuminations, green expanses and glimpsed distant blues, and possibly haunted by the erasure of human presences.”

— Arthur Danto, Encounters & Reflections: Art in the Historical Present

[excerpt here]

Richard Diebenkorn, Aquatint with Drypoint Halo, 1978

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