Three Once-in-a-Lifetime Summer Shows in DC


Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from June 30 through September 23. The only east coast venue, this exhibition brings together 80 works from the artist’s most celebrated period. (Image: A view of “Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series,” at the Orange County Museum of Art. Photo: Colin Young-Wolff)


George Bellows at the National Gallery of Art from June 10 through October 8. The first major retrospective of this quintessential modern artist in three decades. Art, politics, and urban grit combine to make quite a compelling show. (Image: George Bellows, Both Members of This Club, 1909, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection)


Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme at the Phillips Collection from June 2 through September 9. Experience the American modernist’s innovative approach to printmaking 1960-2011. (Image: Jasper Johns, Savarin, 1977. John and Maxine Belger Foundation © Jasper Johns and ULAE / Licensed by VAGA, New York)

  1. Informative lecture last night at the Corcoran about Diebenkorn by three curators — two of whom knew him personally. Go see the show! Free admission on summer Saturdays.

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