Audiences today generally know Richard Diebenkorn’s career in terms of three major evolutions: the Sausalito, Albuquerque, Urbana, and “early Berkeley” periods of Abstract Expressionism (1947-1955); the Berkeley figurative/representational period (1955-1966); and the Ocean Park (1967-1988) and Healdsburg (1988-1992) series of abstractions. Yet Diebenkorn’s earliest paintings and drawings remain little known.
The twelve Abstract Expressionist paintings on canvas, paper and board selected for this calendar precede his shift to figuration. Many of these pieces will be unfamiliar to the public, yet they offer a fuller picture of Diebenkorn’s precocious achievements and set the stage for what was yet to come. All of these works are from the collection of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation and are reproduced in the book Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings (1942-1955). This catalogue, compiled to accompany a traveling exhibition of the same name, focuses on Diebenkorn’s evolution to maturity.
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