In a rare and special video featuring artworks and archival photography, Jane Livingston, co-editor of Richard Diebenkorn: The Catalogue Raisonné (Yale University Press, 2016), joined by Andrea Liguori, Managing Director of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, and Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant and Richard Grant, Executive Director of the foundation, together speak about the four-volume reference of more than 5,000 works illustrated in stunning new color photography and exhaustive documentation. Livingston, who organized the highly acclaimed retrospective The Art of Richard Diebenkorn (1997) at the Whitney Museum of American Art, provides an overview of the volumes, enthusing that over half of the works produced by the artist in his lifetime never left his possession, and many of these drawings and paintings on paper had never before been reproduced and are “brand new to the world.” The video was produced at SFMOMA inside the museum’s 2017 presentation of Matisse/Diebenkorn and in Berkeley, CA.
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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.
As part of the artist’s centennial and in anticipation of a full-color, lavishly illustrated catalogue raisonné of the artist’s prints to be published by Yale University Press in 2024, the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation shares interview excerpts conducted with printers who knew and worked with Richard Diebenkorn, from Crown Point Press beginning in the 1960s to Tamarind Lithography Workshop in the same decade, to Gemini G.E.L. in the 1980s.
The videos are intended to be a contribution to the study and understanding of the artist’s oeuvre, highlighting his repeated and ongoing return to printmaking as a medium and will be released in full installments on diebenkorn.org in 2023.