Painting: Halfway House

"I'm very old-fashioned," admits Los Angeles' Richard Diebenkorn. "Though I'm interested in most of the new art, painting remains for me a very physical thing, an involvement with a tangible feeling of sensation." In that, Manhattan's Robert Natkin would concur. "The giant cool that is part of today's life-style repulses me," he says. "The artist has to have vulnerability, open up his feelings, and find a loving commitment." Though Diebenkorn and Natkin belong to no school and live and work on opposite sides of the continent, their similar approaches to painting have...

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