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Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)
Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)
Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)
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Fields of Vision: The Private Collection of Artists Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason
RICHARD DIEBENKORN (1922-1993)

Untitled

Details
RICHARD DIEBENKORN (1922-1993)
Untitled
signed with the artist’s initials and dated 'RD 81' (lower left)
gouache and wax crayon on paper
15 1⁄2 x 16 7⁄8 in. (39.4 x 42.9 cm.)
Executed in 1981.
Provenance
M. Knoedler and Co., New York
Acquired from the above by the late owners, 1982
Literature
R. Newlin, Richard Diebenkorn: Works on Paper, Houston, 1987, p. 189.
J. Livingston and A. Liguori, Richard Diebenkorn: The Catalogue Raisonné, Volume Four: Catalogue Entries 3762-5197, New Haven and London, 2016, p. 311, no. 4463 (illustrated).
Exhibited
New York, M. Knoedler and Co., Richard Diebenkorn, January 1982, p. 6, no. 5 (illustrated as Untitled #38).
New York, Associated American Artists, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Sam Francis, April 1989, no. 12.

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Lot Essay

In 1960, Emily Mason and Wolf Kahn traveled with their young daughter Cecily to the University of California at Berkeley, where Kahn taught as a visiting professor and exhibited a solo show. In addition to his own courses, Kahn also participated in group critiques with other painters, including Richard Diebenkorn, with whom they formed a friendship.

In 1980, Diebenkorn began a series focusing on the spade form, as in the present work. Diebenkorn explained of the motif, "Clubs and spades have been in my work ever since I have been painting. They came on peripherally. I have tossed them in occasionally, but I have never confronted them directly. I used them this time because I wanted some sort of image that would hold its presence. An image that I could manipulate, and...I decided to develop those shapes. I knew they were going to be the main focus. You see, I knew those shapes had emotional charge for me, but I didn't expect that charge to last as long as it did." (as quoted in S. Bancroft, A View of Ocean Park, Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, Newport Beach, 2011)

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