Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)
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Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)

Untitled (Berkeley)

Details
Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)
Untitled (Berkeley)
dated '55' (lower left)
ink and gouache on paper
11 x 8 ½ in. (27.9 x 21.5 cm.)
Drawn in 1955.
Provenance
Estate of the artist
Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2010
Literature
T. Burgard, “The Nature of Abstraction: Richard Diebenkorn’s Berkeley Period," Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years 1953-1966, exh. cat., Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, 2013, p. 32, no. 26 (illustrated).
J. Livingston and A. Liguori, eds., Richard Diebenkorn: The Catalogue Raisonné, Volume Two: Catalogue Entries 1-1534, New Haven and London, 2016, p. 557, no. 1435 (illustrated).
Exhibited
New York, Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Washington, D.C., Phillips Collection, The Drawings of Richard Diebenkorn, November 1988-December 1989, p. 96 (illustrated).
New York, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, Richard Diebenkorn: Paintings & Drawings 1949-1955, May-June 2010, pp. 30-31 (illustrated).
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Lot Essay

“Diebenkorn’s interest in achieving a complete fusion of figure and ground in the abstract Berkeley works is apparent in a drawing, Untitled (Berkeley) of 1955. Spatially, the curvilinear imagery hints at three-dimensionality but is situated on an emphatically two-dimensional picture plane that can be viewed with equal emphasis from any of the four major orientations […] Untitled (Berkeley) records Diebenkorn’s interest in the type of mutable biomorphic imagery associated with Surrealism and embraced for its pictorial potential by Abstract Expressionists such as Willem de Kooning” (T. Burgard, “The Nature of Abstraction: Richard Diebenkorn’s Berkeley Period” in Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years 1953-1966, exh. cat., Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, 2013, p. 32).

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