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Richard Diebenkorn

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Produced on the occasion of the traveling retrospective exhibition organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Richard Diebenkorn: Paintings and Drawings, 1943–1976. Features the artist at the exhibition’s opening in Los Angeles and in his Ocean Park studio with appearances by Irving Blum, Maurice Tuchman, Paul Kantor, William Brice, and Billy Al Bengston. Presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and TVTV Inc; directed by Tom McGuire.

Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series

The Corcoran School of Art at George Washington University

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.

Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant on the Life and Art of her Father | Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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 Sketchbooks Revealed

Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences

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.

Richard Diebenkorn: The Long Regard

Richmond Art Center

Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, daughter of Richard Diebenkorn, and Kathan Brown, founder of Crown Point Press and printer and publisher of the artist’s significant work in intaglio, talk about the long span of years watching Diebenkorn at work and being engaged by his process. The lecture took place in the gallery during the exhibition Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley from September 14 to November 16, 2014.

Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955

Crocker Art Museum

Organized by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum, Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955 was the first to solely examine the work the artist made prior to his switch to figuration. It focused on Diebenkorn’s stylistic and technical origins in oil, watercolor, gouache, ink, crayon, and collage, tracing Diebenkorn’s evolution from representational landscape, to semiabstract and Surrealist-inspired work, to his mature Abstract Expressionist paintings from the Sausalito, Albuquerque, Urbana, and early Berkeley years.

Accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly publication by Crocker Art Museum Associate Director and Chief Curator Scott A. Shields, the exhibition countered the prevailing notion that Diebenkorn began his career as a painter in the Abstract Expressionist style. In 2018, Beginnings traveled to The David Owsley Museum at Ball State University, Muncie, IN; and Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. In 2019, the exhibition was on view at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA; and Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, through July 10, 2019.

Michael Zakian on Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955

Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Michael Zakian, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, in Malibu, CA, reflects on Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955. The presentation was special as it was the only Southern California venue for the traveling exhibition, and as Zakian has remarked, “Many of the early images, influences, and references that later defined Diebenkorn’s mature drawings and paintings began here in Southern California.” The video features rarely seen and beloved works on paper, paintings, and archival photography. Of the installation at the Weisman and its impact on the public, Zakian remarks that “it shows Diebenkorn’s genesis” and that artists “really have to go through a struggle” of testing and experimenting.

Organized by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA, the exhibition was the first to solely examine the work Diebenkorn made nearly 25 years before his epic Ocean Park series. Beginnings featured approximately 90 works and focused exclusively on paintings and drawings made between 1942 and 1955.

The Beginnings of Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Produced on the occasion of Richard Diebenkorn: Paintings and Works on Paper 1946–1952 (March 19 – August 21, 2020), a historical exhibition at Van Doren Waxter in New York devoted to the artist’s stylistic and technical origins and shot on location twice during the early months of the pandemic when the exhibition was closed to the public, the video features interviews with Daisy Murray Holman, Head of Archives at the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation and Rachel Federman, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings, The Morgan Library & Museum. Together, they ground the viewer in the artist’s early body of work, or as Federman says, “Diebenkorn before Diebenkorn.”

David Park 7×7: An Online Evening of Insights and Memories


Virtual Event: David Park: 7×7

On January 14, 2021, the museum offered seven distinguished guests the virtual floor for seven minutes each to reflect on a work by the late David Park (1911–1960), the originator of Bay Area Figurative Art. Watch a recording of the event above to hear their insights, memories, and reflections.

Helen Park Bigelow, daughter of David Park; author of the memoir David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back
Nancy Boas, author of the biography David Park: A Painter’s Life
Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, daughter of artist Richard Diebenkorn
Corey Keller, curator of photography, SFMOMA; exhibition catalogue contributor
Francis Mill, artist; gallerist at Hackett Mill, representing the estate of David Park
Belinda Tate, executive director, Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts
Wayne Thiebaud, artist
Janet Bishop (moderator), Thomas Weisel Family Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture, SFMOMA; lead curator of David Park: A Retrospective

Organized by SFMOMA, David Park: A Retrospective was the first major museum exhibition of Park’s work in three decades. Further, it is the first to examine the full arc of the artist’s career — from his Social Realist efforts of the 1930s to his final works on paper in 1960 — with an emphasis on his lush, powerfully expressive canvases of the human experience from the 1950s.