tag archives: richard diebenkorn

howard street entrance | san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma)

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

matisse/diebenkorn, an art exhibition at the san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma) from 11 march-29 may 2017, juxtaposes 40 works by french artist henri matisse (1869-1954) with 60 works by american artist richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) to suggest subjective, stylistic, chromatic, and technical connections between the two artists.

henri matisse (1869-1954) | goldfish and palette | oil on canvas | 1914

museum of modern art (moma) | new york, NY

photo credit (c) 2017 succession h. matisse / artists rights society (ARS), new york via the museum of modern art

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | urbana #6 | oil on canvas | 1953

modern art museum of fort worth | fort worth, TX

photo credit (c) richard diebenkorn foundation via the modern art museum of fort worth

henri matisse (1869-1954) | view of notre dame | oil on canvas | 1914

museum of modern art (moma) | new york, NY

photo credit (c) 2017 succession h. matisse / artists rights society (ARS), new york via the museum of modern art

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | ocean park #94 | oil and charcoal on canvas | 1976

cantor arts center at stanford university | palo alto, CA

photo credit (c) 2016 richard diebenkorn foundation via the getty museum

henri matisse (1869-1954) | a pink nude seated | oil on canvas | 1935

centre pompidou | paris, france

photo credit (c) succession h. matisse via henri-matisse.net

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | ocean park # 27 | oil and charcoal on canvas | 1970

brooklyn museum | brooklyn, NY

photo credit (c) richard diebenkorn foundation via the brooklyn museum

admiration?  inspiration?  or, emulation?

the christie’s preview of their may 2015 new york post-war and contemporary art auctions at hedge gallery

in san francisco included some of my favorite california artists.

christie’s @ hedge

san francisco exhibition of post-war and contemporary art

16-22 april 2015 | san francisco, CA

wayne thiebaud.

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wayne thiebaud | heart ridge | oil on canvas | 1969

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 523 | estimate US$400,000-US$600,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

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wayne thiebaud | interchange | oil on canvas | 1979

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art evening session | new york, NY | 13 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 21 B | estimate US$2,500,000-US$3,500,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

ruth asawa.

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ruth asawa (1926-2013) | untitled, s. 080 (hanging five-lobed continuous form within a form) | iron wire | 1950

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 521 | estimate US$700,000-US$900,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

richard diebenkorn.

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richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | charcoal and acrylic on paper | 1978

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 529 | estimate US$500,000-US$700,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace and christie’s

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richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | acrylic and gouache on paper | 1977

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 527 | estimate US$500,000-US$700,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace and christie’s

i wish that i could attend the richard diebenkorn exhibition at the royal academy of arts in london.

diebenkorn|ocean park 27|royal academy

richard diebenkorn | ocean park #27 | oil on canvas | 1970

photo credit (c) 2014 the richard diebenkorn foundation

richard diebenkorn

royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

14 march-7 june 2015

richard diebenkorn may be best known for his ocean park paintings and drawings…

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | ocean park #140 | oil on canvas | 1985

the last large scale painting in the ocean park cycle

deibenkorn created the ocean park cycle in santa monica, CA from 1967-1988

photo credit art in the studio

or, for his cityscapes…

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | cityscape, landscape 1 | oil on canvas | 1963

san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma) | san francisco, CA

photo credit famsf | (c) 2013 the richard diebenkorn foundation

along with joan mitchell and helen frankenthaler, richard diebenkorn is one of my favorite post-war american artists.

 so, of course we attended the preview of richard diebenkorn:  the berkeley years-1953-1966, an exhibition of over 130 works that opened at the de young museum in san francisco, CA on 22 june 2013.  my husband, bob, and i enjoyed the exhibition so much that we are going back to see it again before it closes on 29 september 2013.

diebenkorn’s work is often grouped into periods according to where he lived because his location often inspired his work.  diebenkorn lived in berkeley, CA from 1953 until 1966, when he moved to santa monica, CA.  although diebenkorn’s berkeley period paintings and drawings established him as an abstract artist, his berkeley period actually included two phases:  an abstract phase from 1953-1956, followed by a representational phase from 1955-1967.

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | berkeley #3 | oil on canvas | 1953

fine art museums of san francisco (famsf) | san francisco, CA

photo credit famsf | (c) 2013 the richard diebenkorn foundation

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | berkeley #5 | oil on canvas | 1953

private collection

photo credit christie’s

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | berkeley #7 | oil on canvas | 1953

mildred lane kemper art museum | washington university | st louis, MO

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richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | berkeley #8 | oil on canvas | 1954

north carolina museum of art (ncma) | raleigh, NC

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richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | berkeley #12 | oil on canvas | 1954

the phillips collection | washington, DC

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richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | berkeley #15 | oil on canvas | 1954

new mexico museum of art | santa fe, NM

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richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | berkeley #19 | oil on canvas | 1954

university of arizona museum of art (uama) | tuscon, AZ

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richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | berkeley #22 | oil on canvas | 1954

hirshorn museum and sculpture garden | smithsonian institution | washington, DC

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richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | berkeley #33 | oil on canvas | 1954

private collection

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‘what i was really up to in painting, 

what i enjoyed exclusively, was altering-

changing what was before me-

by way of subtracting 

or juxtaposition 

or superimposition

of different ideas.’

-richard diebenkorn

diebenkorn composed berkeley #23 in 1954, and then reworked it in 1955.

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | berkeley #23 | oil on canvas | 1955

san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma) | san francisco, CA

photo credit sfmoma | (c) richard diebenkorn foundation

in 1957, articles in ARTnews* and LIFE magazines expanded diebenkorn’s national reputation as an abstract artist.

‘look of the west inspires new art’ | LIFE magazine | november 4, 1957 | page 67

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | berkeley #44 | oil on canvas | 1955

private collection

photo credits google books and famsf | (c) 2013 the richard diebenkorn foundation
but, by then, his work was shifting from abstraction to representation.  diebenkorn described chabot valley, painted in 1955, as his first representational landscape painting.

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | chabot valley | oil on canvas | 1955

collection of christopher diebenkorn

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richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | coffee | oil on canvas | 1959

san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma) | san francisco, CA

photo credit sfmoma | (c) richard diebenkorn foundation

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | bottles | oil on canvas | 1960

norton simon museum | pasadena, CA

photo credit norton simon museum | (c) 2008 estate of richard diebenkorn

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | interior with doorway | oil on canvas | 1962

pennsylvania academy of the fine arts (pafa) | philadelphia, PA

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interior with view of buildings combines the four major themes of diebenkorn’s berkeley period representational work:  landscapes, figures, still life, and interiors.

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | interior with view of buildings | oil on canvas | 1962

cincinnati art museum | cincinnati, OH

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in 1964, the US state department invited diebenkorn to visit the soviet union on a cultural exchange grant.  while visiting the soviet union, he saw the extraordinary matisse collections at the pushkin state museum of fine arts in moscow and the state hermitage museum in leningrad, which were then inaccessible to most of the world.  even though this was not the artist’s first exposure to the work of henri matisse,** this experience influenced his late berkeley period drawings and paintings, which incorporated matisse-like decorative patterns, saturated colors, flat picture planes, and geometric compositions.

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | recollections of a visit to leningrad | oil on canvas | 1965

private collection

diebenkorn also saw the henri matisse. retrospective 1966. exhibition at the university of california, los angeles (ucla) art gallery.

henri matisse (1869-1954) | zulma | gouache and cut and pasted paper | 1950

statens museum for kunst (smk) | copenhagen, denmark

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled (yellow collage) | gouache and cut and pasted paper | 1966

collection of gretchen and richard grant

photo credits smk | (c) succession h. matisse/billedkunst copydan 2012 and famsf | (c) 2013 the richard diebenkorn foundation

does diebenkorn’s late berkeley period work seem like a transition from representation to abstraction?

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | ocean park #19 | oil on canvas | 1968

san francisco museum of modern art (sfmoma) | san francisco, CA

photo credit sfmoma | (c) richard diebenkorn foundation

notes to myself on beginning a painting:

1. attempt what is not certain. certainty may or may not come later. it may then be a valuable delusion.

2. the pretty, initial position, which falls short of completeness, is not to be valued-except as a stimulus for further moves.

3. do search. but in order to find other than what is searched for.

4. use and respond to the initial fresh qualities, but consider them absolutely expendable.

5. don’t ‘discover’ a subject-of any kind.

6. somehow don’t be bored-but if you must, use it in action. use its destructive potential.

7. mistakes can’t be erased, but they move you from your present position.

8. keep thinking about polyanna.

9. tolerate chaos.

10. be careful only in a perverse way. 

-richard diebenkorn

click here to read my previous post about richard diebenkorn.

*’diebenkorn paints a picture’, ARTnews, volume 56 number 3, may 1957, pages 44-47, 54-55.

**in 1952, diebenkorn saw the matisse retrospective, organized by alfred barr for the museum of modern art in new york, NY, at the municipal art gallery in los angeles, CA.

two san francisco art galleries are presenting landmark exhibitions of paintings by richard diebenkorn and helen frankenthaler during april, may, and june 2010.

richard diebenkorn | paintings and drawings from the collection of christopher diebenkorn at the paul thiebaud gallery opened on 20 april 2010 and runs until 26 june 2010.

instead of the gestural techniques of the abstract expressionist and color field painting movements of the 1950’s, richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) developed a more controlled style, where the geometric lines accumulated during the drawing and painting process remain visible. in addition to other modern artists and his academic colleagues, diebenkorn’s residential location influenced his work.

here are some highlights from the show, which not only features abstract works from diebenkorn’s earlier sausalito (1947-1949), albuquerque (1950-1952), urbana (1952-1953), and berkeley (1953-1966) periods, but also from his later santa monica (1966-1988), and healdsburg (1988-1993) periods.

sausalito

richard diebenkorn | untitled | watercolor, ink and paper tape on paper | 1946

photo credit paul thiebaud gallery

albuquerque

richard diebenkorn | untitled | gouache on paper | 1951

photo credit paul thiebaud gallery

urbana

richard diebenkorn | untitled (urbana) | ink and gouache on paper | 1952

photo credit paul thiebaud gallery

berkeley

richard diebenkorn | cityscape #4 | oil on canvas | 1963

photo credit paul thiebaud gallery

santa monica

richard diebenkorn | invented landscape | gouache and crayon on paper | 1977

photo credit paul thiebaud gallery

healdsburg

richard diebenkorn | untitled #10 | crayon, graphite, synthetic polymer, and pasted paper on paper | 1991

photo credit paul thiebaud gallery

the exhibition also features representational figural drawings, still life drawings, landscapes, and cityscapes from the different phases of diebenkorn’s career.

which style and ‘location’ do you prefer?