Authors: Sarah Bancroft, Edith Devaney, Steven Nash
Publisher/Date: Abrams (c. 2015) First edition. Published on the occasion of the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New cloth hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 189 pages, index. Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.3 inches. Profusely illustrated in color and black-and-white
Description: While mid-20th century America looked to New York City for its artistic trends, Richard Diebenkorn (1922-93) stood apart, often evoking New Mexico, Illinois, and coastal California in his paintings. A West Coast native, Diebenkorn captured the light and color of the land and sea in a way that resonates with anyone who has spent time there.
As this retrospective shows, Diebenkorn began in an abstract expressionist mode, later taking up a figurative style inspired by the art of Henri Matisse. This volume contains a biographical introduction by Sarah C. Bancroft, an essay on Diebenkorn's influences by Steven Nash, and an essay on Diebenkorn s works on paper by Edith Devaney. Together these bring the artist's rich, four-decade-long career into focus. The book covers Diebenkorn s three distinct periods, which saw him gain recognition as a leading Abstract Expressionist in the early 1950s, then turn to figurative painting, before embarking on a highly successful period of abstract paintings and drawings the Ocean Park Series.
The more than 100 color and black and white reproductions here include A Day at the Races, Berkeley No. 5, and Seawall; a series of nudes rendered in ink, charcoal, and gouache; and from his late-career return to abstraction, the serene Ocean Park series. The text delves into how the painter took his cue from modern European artistic traditions, en route to developing his own style. This book is the perfect introduction to the work of this seminal California artist.
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