The Artist


First solo show in New York: Richard Diebenkorn at Poindexter Gallery. Poindexter represents Diebenkorn until 1971. Completes Berkeley series; turns full attention to representational painting and drawing.

Diebenkorns buy a house in Berkeley Hills. Spends next two months building studio in backyard. First show of figurative paintings opens at Oakland Art Museum. Dorothy Miller selects two paintings to appear in Young American Painters, organized by MoMA.

Drawing group formalizes with Park, Bischoff and Diebenkorn meeting weekly.

Art News publishes “Diebenkorn Paints a Picture,” by Herschel Chipp, photographs by Rose Mandel. Teaches drawing at University of Southern California for the summer session. Returns to Bay Area, teaches at Mills College in Oakland, substituting temporarily for Italian artist Afro (Afro Basaldella).

Represented in Contemporary Bay Area Figurative Painting at Oakland Art Museum, curated by Paul Mills. The show is the first to present the Bay Area figurative painters as a group.

Second solo show at Poindexter Gallery, New York with figurative paintings only. The show almost sells out in three days. Leaves position at CCAC, focuses entirely on painting. Moves to new studio on Oakland-Berkeley border.

Travels for first time to Santa Cruz Island, owned by Stanford friend Carey Stanton. Santa Cruz Island will play a significant role in Diebenkorn’s life. Paints and draws the island’s surroundings throughout numerous visits over the years.


Teaches summer session at University of Colorado, using spare bedroom in family’s rental house as a studio. Returns to teach at CSFA fall semester; works at school until Spring 1966.

Peter Selz curates New Images of Man at MoMA, exhibiting four large paintings.

David Park is diagnosed with terminal cancer at age forty-nine. Diebenkorn spends much of the year caring for his friend and mentor.

Mid-career retrospective opens at Pasadena Art Museum; a version opens at the Legion of Honor in fall.

David Park dies. Lobdell joins the weekly drawing group. Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park opens at Staempfli Gallery in NYC. The show is a tribute to the friendship between the three artists.

Third solo show opens at Poindexter Gallery. Small survey opens at Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Visiting instructor at University of California Los Angeles. Fred Wight, head of UCLA Art Department, begins a personal campaign to hire Diebenkorn as a fulltime professor. Spends two weeks working as guest artist at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles; completes set of works in 1962.

Begins cityscapes. Works on intaglio prints for the first time with Kathan Brown at her new workshop, Crown Point Press, then located in Richmond, California.

Is appointed first artist-in-residence at Stanford, for a full academic year. Temporarily moves to Palo Alto. But the job’s required open studio hours result in his painting very little while at Stanford.

Richard Diebenkorn: Paintings, 1961–1963, organized by Ninfa Valvo, is presented by the de Young Museum. His fourth solo show opens at Poindexter Gallery. Poindexter informs Diebenkorn that many artists, including Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler, attend the opening.

A show of figure drawings opens at Stanford University Art Gallery. After this show and the resulting publication, Diebenkorn’s figure drawings are in high demand and are included in numerous shows across the country.

After a diagnosis in April, father dies from cancer in La Jolla. Diebenkorn focuses primarily on works on paper, producing dark and dense still lifes.

Selected to travel to the Soviet Union as a representative of the Department of State’s Cultural Exchange Program. Flies with Phyllis to Paris to await their visas. Accompanied by Deputy Director of Soviet Affairs William Luers, the Diebenkorns travel throughout Soviet Union: Uzbekistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Romania, Yugoslavia, Serbia; visit restricted art collections at Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow; see works by Matisse, Cézanne, Renoir, Gauguin, Malevich, and others.

First international solo show opens at Waddington Galleries in London. Gerald Nordland organizes a retrospective at Washington Gallery of Modern Art in Washington, D.C., which travels to the Jewish Museum in New York and the Pavilion Gallery in Newport Beach, California.

Paints Recollections of a Visit to Leningrad (CR no. 3642). Diebenkorn’s studio building is condemned; returns to his home studio.

Crown Point Press publishes the portfolio 41 Etchings Drypoints, a collection of intaglio prints produced with Kathan Brown, 1962-1965.

Visits Matisse retrospective at UCLA, where View of Notre Dame and French Window at Collioure (both 1914) are exhibited for the first time in the US. Travels to Europe with Phyllis.

Richard Diebenkorn: Drawings opens at Poindexter Gallery. Completes last painting in Berkeley, Large Still Life (CR no. 3643).