Expected 2024 — Richard Diebenkorn: The Print Catalogue Raisonné
Originally published in Richard Diebenkorn: The Catalogue Raisonné
From the Basement
A quarterly feature of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation Archives that highlights moments in Diebenkorn’s life and at times contextualizes them amongst crucial artistic and global developments of the 20th century
Finding Diebenkorn's Underpainting
Katherine Van Kirk experiences galleries a little differently than your typical art museum frequenter. When she takes in a piece, her eyes are drawn to that patch of acrylic thicker than the rest of the paint, that unrelated fleck of color peeking through a crack line, that odd bit of texture mismatched with the natural flow of brush strokes. These details, so often overlooked, prompt Van Kirk to wonder if the work is hiding secrets underneath its surface.
Van Kirk, an undergraduate at Stanford University, shares her experiences of finding a hidden “underpainting” beneath renowned Bay Area artist Richard Diebenkorn’s work Window, part of the permanent collection of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.