Thursday, August 16, 2012

Richard Diebenkorn

Ocean Park #83, 1975
Richard Diebenkorn
100" x 81"  oil on canvas  1975
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

I was in Washington, D.C. for a few hours last week and spent the time at an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art: Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series. The series was painted between 1967 and 1985, and named for the Santa Monica neighborhood where Diebenkorn's studio was located at the time. His paintings from this period have a wonderful luminosity and depth, a beautiful unity of composition and color ... all the elements working together in harmony.  

The following Diebenkorn quote is on page 15 of the exhibition catalog*:  "Now, the idea is to get everything right -- it's not just color or form or space or line -- it's everything all at once.

Perfectly said. 

The exhibition runs at the Corcoran until September 23rd, and I highly recommend it. 


* Originally quoted in a John Gruen article in Art News 85 (November 1986).

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quotes

"There is more power in telling little than in telling all."
- Mark Rothko

“The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meanings are unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.”
- Magritte

"Now, the idea is to get everything right -- it's not just color or form or space or line -- it's everything all at once."
- Richard Diebenkorn

“What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious,
the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.”
- Amedeo Modigliani