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Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences

1:49 2015

Throughout his long career, Richard Diebenkorn kept a sketchbook—a “portable studio,” as he called it—to capture his ideas. These books span 50 years and represent the range of styles and subjects he explored, including deeply personal portraits of his wife, studies of the figure, landscape studies and compositions that point to Diebenkorn’s signature blend of figuration and abstraction.

Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed at the Cantor Art Center explored the relationship between his sketchbooks and his paintings and included loans of early works that Diebenkorn created as a Stanford student from September 9, 2015–August 22, 2016.

Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant on the Life and Art of her Father | Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

1:00:54 2013

Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, daughter of Richard Diebenkorn, shares her insights and thoughts on the life and art of her father. Her lecture is introduced by Timothy Anglin Burgard, the Ednah Root Curator in Charge of American Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and co-curator of the exhibition Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966 from June 22–September 29, 2013.

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series The Corcoran School of Art at George Washington University

2:14 2012

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series was the first major museum exhibition to focus on the artist’s most celebrated body of work, named after the Southern California beachfront community where Diebenkorn worked between 1967 and 1988. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, its only East Coast venue, featured more than 80 works, including large-scale paintings, smaller paintings made on cigar box lids, mixed-media drawings on paper, monotypes, and prints from June 30–September 23, 2012.
The video features the exhibition’s curator, Sarah C. Bancroft, and the Corcoran’s Chief Curator and Head of Research, Philip Brookman, reflecting on Diebenkorn’s powerful abstract investigations of space, light, and color, which evoke landscape and architectural forms as well as the sense of place that defined the California coast during this time.