Prob­lem Solv­ing

Van Doren­wax­ter high­lights Diebenkorn’s works on pa­per

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Van Doren Waxter in New York is pre­sent­ing Richard Diebenkorn:works on Pa­per, 1955 – 1967 through Jan­uary 20.

This pe­riod marks Diebenkorn’s move to fig­u­ra­tive work. His early work is fea­tured in the ex­hi­bi­tion Richard Diebenkorn: Be­gin­nings, 1942–1955 at the Crocker Art Mu­seum in Sacra­mento, CA, through Jan­uary 7. In her cat­a­logue es­say for the­van Doren Waxter ex­hi­bi­tion, Rachel Fe­d­er­man writes,“it has of­ten been said that Richard Diebenkorn courted awk­ward­ness in his representational works in or­der to sub­vert—and, in the process, to tran­scend—his skill as a drafts­man and painter…[the] artist reg­u­larly spoke of ‘that kind of fit­ness that the pic­ture wants to have.’ For all the vis­i­ble signs of process—erased or par­tially erased lines re­veal­ing com­po­si­tional pos­si­bil­i­ties or even en­tire fig­ures pur­sued and dis­carded— he once told an in­ter­viewer,‘pic­tures that aren’t done em­bar­rass me.’ Re­call­ing the Ab­stract Ex­pres­sion­ist or­tho­doxy that had over­taken the Cal­i­for­nia School of Fine Arts…in the late 1940s, he noted crit­i­cally the lack of ‘equiv­o­ca­tion’ and ‘prob­lem solv­ing’ in the ‘very spon­ta­neous and very loose’ work that some pro­duced there. In or­der to sur­ren­der con­trol, one must be in pos­ses­sion of it in the first place.”

Fe­d­er­man is as­sis­tant cu­ra­tor of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary draw­ings at The Mor­gan Li­brary & Mu­seum in New York.

Un­ti­tled (CR no. 2811), ca. 1960-67. Char­coal, wa­ter­color and graphite on pa­per, 17 x 14 in. Cour­tesy Richard Diebenkorn Foun­da­tion and Van Doren Waxter.

Un­ti­tled (CR no. 3200), ca. 1962. Gouache on re­verse of printed pa­per, 73⁄8 x 97⁄8 in.

Un­ti­tled (CR no. 2493), ca. 1958. Gouache and graphite on pa­per, 123⁄8 x 17 in.

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