Richard Diebenkorn

August 28, 2012

Associated with the Bay Area Movement and abstract expressionism, California painter Richard Diebenkorn developed a distinct vocabulary of intersecting lines and geometric forms augmented by chromatic undercurrents. Born in Oregon and raised in San Francisco, Diebenkorn used his G.I. Bill from his time in the U.S. Marine Corps to study at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) where he became a faculty member in 1947. After his Sausalito Period of paintings, he moved with his wife and children to Albuquerque and enrolled at the University of New Mexico. The Albuquerque Period paintings, abstract organic forms filled with bright colors, established Diebenkorn on the American scene. His style evolved as his disciplined work ethic achieved him gallery exhibitions in San Francisco and New York, as well as teaching positions at the University of Illinois and the San Francisco Art Institute. He produced sophisticated abstract designs during his Berkeley Period in the 1950s, yet his 1960s landscapes depict a sudden turn to figurative works. After relocating to Santa Monica to teach at the University of California, Los Angeles, Diebenkorn commenced his most chromatically original paintings, the Ocean Park Series, which he explored for the following two decades until 1988. He enjoyed two major retrospectives throughout the 1980s, including a traveling exhibition of works on paper that was organized by the Museum of Modern Art. His work can be viewed in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“RD Biography.” Richard Diebenkorn Catalogue Raisonné. The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn, 2011. Web. 27 Aug. 2012.

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