Richard Diebenkorn (1)

I have spent the day preoccupied by, and enjoying, the work of Richard Diebenkorn, whose work is so unfamiliar this side of the Atlantic and which I have only ever seen properly in the exhibition at the Whitney in 1997.   It is shown to great and calm effect in the Sackler Galleries, which have recovered their original pristine appearance.   Diebenkorn’s paintings hover between figuration, collage and abstraction with a sense of the space and light of New Mexico, where he was a student under the GI Bill, Berkeley, California where he lived in the 1950s, and later in Ocean Park, LA.   A key influence on the current generation of RAs, as is evident in Ian McKeever’s thoughtful piece in the current issue of the RA magazine, he was made an Honorary RA in 1992, the year before his death and following an exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery.


3 thoughts on “Richard Diebenkorn (1)

  1. Victoria says:

    Goodness, I remember going to that same exhibition at the Whitney. I went with my father on a family break to New York and we were both very taken with his style. I loved the open road paintings that gave a sense of the vastness and emptiness of America rather like prairie paintings, and I also recall a number of still life studies featuring cutlery and tomatoes!

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