Richard Diebenkorn is generally acknowledged as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. The luminous abstractions of his later career and the innovative figurative works of his middle years firmly established him as a master in the high tradition of modernism.
This revised and expanded edition of the first comprehensive monograph on the artist presents a rich selection of the artist's oeuvre. Until the mid-1950s, he painted in the abstract expressionist tradition (synthesizing, as he has since, such disparate influences as de Kooning, Gorky, Hopper, and Cezanne) before turning (unfashionably) to figurative painting along with artists David Park and Elmer Bischoff. He then embarked on the series of large abstract paintings for which he is best known--each titled Ocean Park after the beachside community where he worked. Reminiscent of Matisse in color and Mondrian in geometry, these are some of the most remarkable accomplishments of twentieth-century art. The updated section of this edition follows Diebenkorn's career from the mid-1980s until his death, focusing particularly on his adventurous late works on paper. In each "phase" of his career, Diebenkorn explored the intricate interplay between formal rigor and luminous, sensual color with the same masterful hand.
Along with several hundred reproductions of the artist's work, critic Gerald Norland provides a thoughtful and informative study of Diebenkorn's life and career, an updated comprehensive exhibition history, and a selected bibliography.
Author Bio: GERALD NORLAND is an art critic and former museum administrator whose work has appeared in many national and international publications. A contributor to Richard Diebenkorn: Paintings and Drawings, 1943-1980, he his also the author of Gaston Lachaise: The Man and His Work. As a museum administrator, he has held positions at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery at the University of California in Los Angeles. He has been a commentator on the life and art of Richard Diebenkorn for almost 40 years.
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About the Author
Gerald Nordland is a renowned author, art historian and critic, museum curator, and educator. The author of over ten books and more than 50 exhibition catalogues, he served as the Museum Director of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, the Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Art (now known as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), and the Milwaukee Art Museum. He is the author or contributor to several books on modern art, and is recognized as a leading authority on artist Richard Diebenkorn. His titles include Richard Diebenkorn (a revised and expanded edition), Richard Diebenkorn in New Mexico, and Breaking the Mold: Selections from the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, 1961-1968.