The Artist


Moves permanently to Healdsburg.

The Drawings of Richard Diebenkorn, curated by John Elderfield, opens at MoMA.

Undergoes emergency heart surgery; contracts infection in the hospital. For the next six months, he is unable to walk to his studio and works from the house. When his health improves enough to return to his studio, focuses on works on paper.

SFMoMA organizes a show of forty works for Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.

View of Mount Saint Helena from the artist’s home on Soda Rock Lane, Healdsburg, Calif., 1988 © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Undergoes a second surgery to correct the first. The infection is eliminated, but Diebenkorn never fully regains his strength.

The artist at Crown Point Press, San Francisco, Calif., 1991. Photograph by Kathan Brown

Receives National Medal of Arts from President George H. W. Bush. Travels to London with his family to attend the opening of a retrospective exhibition organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery. The exhibition travels to Madrid, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Richard Diebenkorn: New Work opens at M. Knoedler and Co. in New York. This is the first and only show of work from Healdsburg at Knoedler.

The artist and Phyllis in their home on Soda Rock Lane, Healdsburg, Calif., 1992. Photograph by Sidney Felsen

Begins spending more time in Berkeley, to be closer to his doctor. Sets up a studio in his kitchen.

30 March: dies at his home in Berkeley.