Untitled, n.d. (Plate 7), 1988
Gouache on paper
21.6 x 18.1 cm

artist profile

Richard Diebenkorn


BFA, Stanford University, Stanford, USA, 1949
MFA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA, 1951

about the artist


Born: Portland, USA
Died: Berkeley, USA

Having left behind a rich body of work that defies categorization, Richard Diebenkorn has been named a leading proponent of Abstract Expressionism as well as one of the founders of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. The problem of painting spurred Diebenkorn to pass through a number of American cities throughout his life—and in each of these, the industrious artist produced pictures, figurative or abstract solutions, that paid exclusive homage to their respective landscapes. The blatantly stark contrast between the two languages testifies to the scope and depth of the artist’s inquisition into, and eventual mastery over, the challenge of navigating line, color, and light in two dimensions. The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University organized a large posthumous traveling retrospective of Diebenkorn’s work, which is found in the permanent collections of all American art institutions of note. His much-esteemed “Ocean Park Series” alone has spurred many solo shows at a range of spaces.

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Akron Art Museum, USA

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, USA

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, USA

Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Baltimore Museum of Art, USA

Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, USA

Brooklyn Museum of Art, USA

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, USA

Cincinnati Art Museum, USA

Cleveland Museum of Art, USA

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, USA

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA

Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, USA

Dallas Museum of Art, USA

Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, USA

Des Moines Art Center, USA

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, USA

Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, USA

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Arlington, USA

Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

Grand Rapids Art Museum, USA

Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA

Honolulu Academy of Arts, USA

Houston Museum of Fine Arts, USA

Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, USA

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Stanford, USA

Jonson Gallery Collection, University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, New Mexico, USA

Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, USA

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Kemper, USA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, USA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, USA

Milwaukee Art Museum, USA

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, USA

Montana Historical Society, Helena, USA

Montclair Art Museum, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, New Mexico, USA

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arts, Kansas City, USA

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, USA

New Orleans Museum of Art, USA

New York Museum of Modern Art, USA

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, USA

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, USA

Oakland Museum of California, USA

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, USA

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA

Orlando Museum of Art, USA

Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, USA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA

The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., USA

Phoenix Art Museum, USA

Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, USA

Princeton University Art Museum, USA

Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington, USA

San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, USA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

San Jose Museum of Art, USA

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA

Santa Cruz Island Foundation, Santa Barbara, U.S.A

Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln USA

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, USA

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., USA

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

St. Louis Art Museum, USA

University Art Museum, State University of New York, USA

University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, USA

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, USA

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, USA

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, USA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, USA

William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, USA

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA