Richard Diebenkorn  (American, 1922-1993) 

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Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922–1993) was a versatile 20th century American painter. Born in Portland, Oregon, Diebenkorn grew up in San Francisco, where he attended Stanford University. Diebenkorn lived in several other locations around the United States before he returned to California, where he continued to produce his mature paintings. After two years of service in the United States Marine Corps, Diebenkorn studied at the University of New Mexico under the GI Bill and was immersed in Abstract Expressionism, inspired by New York School Artists. Diebenkorn’s focus shifted, however, in the 1950s, when he began to produce Figurative paintings associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement. Inspired by the work of Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), Diebenkorn drew on his bright Californian surroundings to create images defined by planes of carefully chosen color. After a decade and a half of painting figuratively, in 1967 Diebenkorn returned to abstraction, with a new geometric style different from his early Abstract Expressionist-inspired efforts. This is evident in his famous Ocean Park cycle, which he developed into 140 paintings from 1967 until his death in 1993.

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Richard Diebenkorn, Touched Red

 

Richard Diebenkorn
Touched Red
1991

Mary Ryan Gallery
Richard Diebenkorn, Indigo Horizontal

 

Richard Diebenkorn
Indigo Horizontal
1985

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Richard Diebenkorn, 41 Etchings Drypoints-5 (set of 41 works)

 

Richard Diebenkorn
41 Etchings Drypoints-5 (set of 41 works)
1963

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Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled

 

Richard Diebenkorn
Untitled
1952

Leslie Feely Fine Art
Richard Diebenkorn, Ochre

 

Richard Diebenkorn
Ochre
1983

Ann Kendall Richards, Inc.
Richard Diebenkorn, Scrabbling

 

Richard Diebenkorn
Scrabbling
1986

Elizabeth Clement Fine Art
Richard Diebenkorn, Folsom Street Variations III (Primary)

 

Richard Diebenkorn
Folsom Street Variations III (Primary)
1986

Elizabeth Clement Fine Art
Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled

 

Richard Diebenkorn
Untitled
circa 1958-1964

Van Doren Waxter
Richard Diebenkorn, Seated Woman Drinking from a Cup

 

Richard Diebenkorn
Seated Woman Drinking from a Cup
1965

Jim Kempner Fine Art
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Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled

 

Richard Diebenkorn
Untitled, 1951
Ink on three sheets of paper affixed together

 

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Richard Diebenkorn, Blue

 

Richard Diebenkorn
Blue, 1985
soft ground aquatint etching

 

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Richard Diebenkorn, Club/Space (from Eight by eight)

 

Richard Diebenkorn
Club/Space (from Eight by eight), 1981-1982
color lithograph

 

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1922   Born in Portland, OR
1924   Family moved to San Francisco Bay Area.
1940   Attended Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1943   Studied at University of California, Berkeley, CA
1943 - 1945   Served in the U. S. Marine Corps.
1946   California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
1949   BA, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1947 - 1950   Lived in Sausalito, CA and taught at California School of Fine Arts.
1950 - 1951   MFA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
1953   Began Berkeley series of abstract expressionist paintings.
1955   Began still lifes, then landscapes as a prelude to figurative paintings.
1955 - 1959   Taught at California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA.
1959 - 1963   Taught at San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1967   Began Ocean Park series.
1966 - 1973   Lived in Santa Monica and taught at University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1992   Elected to The Royal Academy, London, UK
1993   Died in Berkeley, CA
2013   Yes, No, Maybe, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2013   Ab-ex / Re-con: Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
2013   Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2013   New Voices, Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA
2013   The Intimate Diebenkorn: Drawings 1949- 1992 (solo). Organized with the College of Marin and circulated by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation Curated by Chester Arnold
Traveled to:
the Fine Arts Gallery, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
Natalie & James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose Sate University, San Jose, CA
Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington D.C
Sanoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA
Montana Museum of Art & Culture, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT
2013   Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1053-1966 (solo), Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Palm Springs Art Museum, Curated by Timothy Anglin Burgard and Steven Nash
Traveled to:
M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
Palm Springs Art Museum
2012   Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series.
Traveled to:
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2012   Richard Diebenkorn: Prints 1961-1992, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City, NY
2011 - 2012   The Ocean Park Series (solo),
Traveled to:
Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, Fort Worth, TX
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
2010   Richard Diebenkorn: Paintings and Drawings 1949-1955, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
2010   Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
2009   Influences of Nature on Abstraction, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY
2008   Diebenkorn in New Mexico, Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007   Diebenkorn in New Mexico: 1950-1952, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (solo)
The Female Form, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, UK (solo)
2006   Paintings and Drawings on Paper, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Richard Diebenkorn, Pasadena Museum of california Art- PMCA, Pasadena, CA
2004   Richard Diebenkorn: Prints 1948 - 1993, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY (solo)
Picasso to Thiebaud: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collections of Stanford University Alumni and Friends, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, CA (solo)
Richard Diebenkorn Works on Paper: Ocean Park, Clubs and Spades, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2003   RIchard Diebenkorn, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002   Clubs and Spades, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace Legion of Honors, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Figurative Drawings, Gouaches, and Oil Paintings, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2000   Early Abstractions, Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
1999   Ocean Park Paintings, Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
From Nature to Abstraction, Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1998   The Ocean Park Series: A Selection of Original Prints, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1997 - 1998   Richard Diebenkorn, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1996   Figure Drawings, Acquavella Contemporary Art, New York, NY (solo)
1995   Abstractions, Galerie Lawrence Rubin, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
1994   Blue Surround: Evolution of a Print, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA (solo)
1992   Richard Diebenkorn, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1989   The Drawings of Richard Diebenkorn, Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (solo)
1988   Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
1976 - 1977   Retrospective, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (solo)
1967   California Arts Festival. Lytton Center of the Visual Arts, Los Angeles, CA
1964   Six Americans. Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
1960 - 1961   The Figure in Contemporary American Painting, American Federation of Arts, New York, NY ; Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Mo., Hollins College; Hollins, VA ; State University of New York, Oswego, N.Y.; Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA; Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
1959   Aspects of Representation in Contemporary Art, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, MO
New Imagery in American Painting, Art Center Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
1958   Recent Paintings: Richard Diebenkorn, Poindexter Gallery, New York, NY
Contemporary Bay Area Figurative Paintings, Oakland Art Museum.Oakland, CA
1957   Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
1955   Three Young Americans, Oberlin, OH
1948   California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA (solo)
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
  Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
2006    Richard Diebenkorn: Paintings and Drawings on Paper. Milan, Italy: Galleria Lawrence Rubin, 2006 (catalogue)
2004    Starr Figura. Richard Diebenkorn: Prints 1948-1993. New York, NY: Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, 2004 (catalogue)
1999    Stephen Nash. Richard Diebenkorn: From Nature to Abstraction. San Francisco, CA: Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, 1999 (catalogue)