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California Dreaming with Richard Diebenkorn

December 14, 2017

Now returned from Miami where we felt an energetic pulse of excitement across all fairs, we wanted to share with you a noteworthy exhibit at Van Doren Waxter. Van Doren Waxter has on view works on paper from 1955-1967 by important American artist Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993).

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, (CR- no. 3200), c. 1962. Gouaches on reverse of printed paper, 7 3/8” X 9 7/8.” Image courtesy of Van Doren Waxter.

Aided by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, the exhibit features 27 works, most of which have never before been exhibited.

The works on view at Waxter are intimately sized and evoke the notion of familiar scenes and people tenderly captured by Diebenkorn.

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled (CR no. 1936), c. 1955-60. Watercolor and graphite on paper, 10 3/4″ X 10 3/4.” Image courtesy of Van Doren Waxter.

Diebenkorns early “wartime” works from the late 1940’s through his “Sausalito” works of the mid-1950’s are considered to be some of the finest examples of postwar American abstraction.

In the mid-1950’s Diebenkorn transition from abstraction to figurative work in his “Bay Area” years. This shift illustrated Diebenkorn’s willingness to step away from what his peers were producing and make meaningful and noteworthy contributions to the figurative movement. Diebenkorn would later return to abstraction and gained fame with his Ocean Park series.

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #79, 1975. Oil on canvas, 93″ H X 81″ W. Image courtesy of The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

This exhibit wonderfully captures a view into his private life offering a chance to become more familiar with the artist.

These scenes of domestic California life show beautiful landscapes captured by Diebenkorn. Even the beloved family dog is painted, fast asleep on a colorful blanket-covered furniture.

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled (CR no. 2493), circa 1958. Gouache and graphite on paper, 12 3/8″ H X 17″ W. Image courtesy of Van Doren Waxter.

Richard Diebenkorn, Seawall, 1957. Oil on canvas, 20″ H X 26″ W. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

With Diebenkorn’s iconic Ocean Park series fetching over $10 million in auction, artwork by Diebenkorn would be a treasure in any art collection. Diebenkorn’s artwork has shown a healthy increase of pricing and discussion amongst the art world.

We highly recommend attending the exhibit at Van Doren Wexler, details to attend included below.

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #20, 1969. Oil on canvas, 93″ H X 80″ W.  Image courtesy of Sotheby’s, Lot [39].

Exhibit Details

Richard Diebenkorn

Works on Paper 1955-1967

November 8, 2017, through January 20, 2018

Van Doren Waxter
23 East 73rd Street, New York, New York 10021.