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.

Jane Livingston: On Richard Diebenkorn

San Francisco Art Institute Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Jane Livingston speaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, March 14, 2017

The majority of works Richard Diebenkorn produced never left his possession, and many of these drawings and paintings on paper were never reproduced or seen until the publication of Richard Diebenkorn: The Catalogue Raisonné (Yale University Press, 2016). Co-Editor Jane Livingston spent over a decade sequencing more than 5,000 of the artist’s unique works for the publication, including: sketches; drawings; paintings on paper, board, canvas; and sculptural objects, which she likens to “throwing a deck of cards into the air and trying to make sense of them.” Livingston presents approximately 200 of these paintings and drawings that remained private and hidden for years, from the bright and light to the humanist and existentialist—a surprising “underbelly” of Diebenkorn that reveals the anxiety and difficulty, not simply the joy, that the American artist encountered in his life and process.

The program was made possible by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

My Father: Richard Diebenkorn

Academy Art Museum

Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, the daughter of artist Richard Diebenkorn, shares her insights and thoughts on the life and art of her famous father. In this intimate and thoughtful discussion, Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant reflects on his personality, career and the environment in which he produced his exceptional body of work.

Introduced by Ben Simons, Director of the Academy Art Museum, Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant spoke as part of the Kittredge/Wilson Speaker Series, while Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955 was on view at the museum in Easton, Maryland from April 26–July 10, 2019.

Diebenkorn and the Aerial View feat. curator Emma Acker

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

A digital discussion with Emma Acker, Associate Curator of American Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, about Richard Diebenkorn’s use of aerial perspectives in many of the abstract and representational works he produced while living in Northern California as a way to express his visual, sensory, and emotional impressions of the unique climate and topography of the Bay Area—a landscape in which he was deeply rooted.

The discussion is moderated by Joyce Alcantara, Digital Engagement Coordinator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.