tag archives: richard diebenkorn

 

the most significant collection of works by richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) ever sold at auction.

 

masterpieces by richard diebenkorn

property sold to benefit the donald and barbara zucker family foundation

christie’s | new york | post-war & contemporary art evening sale & morning session | 17-18 may 2018

 

a career spanning collection of 22 paintings and works on paper.

the home of donald and barbara zucker

photo credit (c) richard diebenkorn foundation via christie’s 17 may 2018 post-war and contemporary art evening sale catalogue, p. 156

 

ocean park | paintings and works on paper

healdsburg, CA (1988-1993)

santa monica, CA  (1966-1987)

sold for US$23,937,500

the world record auction price for a painting by richard diebenkorn (1922-1993)

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | ocean park #126 | oil on canvas | 1984

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 26b

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$3,972,500

the world record auction price for a work on paper by richard diebenkorn (1922-1993)

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | acrylic, crayon, graphite and pasted paper on joined paper | 1991

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 28b

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$3,852,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | gouache, acrylic and crayon on paper | 1984

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 23b

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$1,092,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | gouache, charcoal and pasted paper on joined paper | 1986

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 31b

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$696,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | gouache, wax crayon and graphite on paper | 1985-1987

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art morning session | 18 may 2018 | sale 15969 | lot 619

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$588,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | gouache, acrylic, charcoal, graphite and pastel on paper | 1984-1992

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art morning session | 18 may 2018 | sale 15969 | lot 624

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$432,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | acrylic and charcoal on two joined sheets of paper | 1973

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art morning session | 18 may 2018 | sale 15969 | lot 626

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$372,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | acrylic, gouache and charcoal on paper | 1981

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art morning session | 18 may 2018 | sale 15969 | lot 625

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$336,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | watercolor, wax crayon and graphite on paper | 1988-1992

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art morning session | 18 may 2018 | sale 15969 | lot 619

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

also sold at sotheby’s:

property from an important new york collection

sold for US$10,953,500

richard diebenkorn (1922 – 1993) | ocean park #55 | oil and charcoal on canvas | 1972

sotheby’s | new york | contemporary art evening auction | 16 may 2018 | sale n09858 | lot 18
photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

representational | paintings and works on paper

landscapes | still lifes | figures

berkeley, CA (1955-1966)

sold for US$5,262,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | cityscape #3 | oil on canvas | 1963

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 30b

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$852,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | table and folding chair | oil on canvas | 1962

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 27b

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$106,250

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | ink, graphite and charcoal on paper | 1964

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art morning session | 18 may 2018 | sale 15969 | lot 627

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$1,152,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | nude—elbow on knee | oil on canvas | 1961

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 24b

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$432,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | oil on canvas | circa 1957-1962

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 29b

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$250,000

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | portrait of n.s. | oil on canvas | 1957

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art morning session | 18 may 2018 | sale 15969 | lot 621

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$87,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | watercolor and gouache on paper | 1961

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art morning session | 18 may 2018 | sale 15969 | lot 622

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$137.500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | ink and charcoal on paper | 1967

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art morning session | 18 may 2018 | sale 15969 | lot 623

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

also sold at christie’s:

property of late owners

sold for US$4,692,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | oil on canvas | circa 1963-1964

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 41b
photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

property from a distinguished new york collector

sold for US$100,000

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | ink and conté crayon on paper | 1962

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art morning session | 18 may 2018 | sale 15969 | lot 704
photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

abstract expressionist | paintings and works on paper

berkeley, CA (1953-1955)

urbana, IL (1952-1953)

albuquerque, NM (1950-1952)

sausalito, CA (1947-1949)

sold for US$1,032,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | berkeley #25 | oil on canvas | 1954

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 25b

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$20,000

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled (berkeley) | ink and gouache on paper | 1955

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art morning session | 18 may 2018 | sale 15969 | lot 628

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$552,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | sausalito | oil on canvas | 1949

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 32b

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

have you ever dreamt of living with a US$46,000,000 salon-style art installation?

the home of donald and barbara zucker

photo credit (c) richard diebenkorn foundation via christie’s 17 may 2018 post-war and contemporary art evening sale catalogue, p. 157

 

sold for US$432,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | gouache on paper | circa 1953-1955

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 21b

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

sold for US$468,500

richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | gouache and charcoal on paper | circa 1957-1966

christie’s | new york | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | 17 may 2018 | sale 15968 | lot 22b

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

manuel neri:  assertion of the figure

anderson collection at stanford university | palo alto, CA

14 september 2017-12 february 2018

an art exhibition that includes eleven sculptures, reliefs, and works on paper by (san francisco) bay area figurative sculptor manuel neri.  recently gifted to the anderson collection (art museum) at stanford university by the manuel neri trust.

top to bottom:

manuel neri | standing figure I | pigment on plaster | 1974 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

manuel neri | standing figure II | pigment on plaster | 1982

 

isn’t the juxtaposition of the manuel neri sculptures with figurative, abstract, and abstract expressionist paintings by richard deibenkorn (another member of the bay area figurative art movement) and joan mitchell outstanding?

top (left to right):

richard deibenkorn (1922-1993) | girl on the beach | oil on canvas | 1957

manuel neri | untitled female figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

manuel neri | untitled male figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

richard deibenkorn (1922-1993) | ocean park #60 | oil on canvas | 1973

bottom (left to right):

joan mitchell | before, again IV | oil on canvas | 1985

manuel neri | untitled female figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

manuel neri | untitled male figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

during the exhibition, seven additional sculptures by manuel neri, which are on temporary loan to the anderson collection from hackett | mill art gallery in san francisco, are installed outside of the museum.  their adjacency to the rodin sculpture garden at the cantor arts center at stanford university, which is located next door, is equally outstanding.

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?

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

photo credit kemper art museum

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

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

photo credit ncma

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

the phillips collection | washington, DC

photo credit the phillips collection

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

new mexico museum of art | santa fe, NM

photo credit new mexico museum of art

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

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

photo credit uama

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

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

photo credit hirshorn museum and sculpture garden

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

private collection

photo credit wikipaintings

‘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

photo credit wikipaintings

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

photo credit pafa

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

photo credit cincinnati art museum
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?