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The MAN Podcast: Diebenkorn in Berkeley

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Timothy Anglin Burgard, the c0-curator (with Palm Springs Art Museum director Steven A. Nash) of Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-66.” The exhibition opens Saturday, June 22 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, where it is on view through September 29. The exhibition catalogue — which includes full-page plates of many Berkeley-era paintings not in the exhibition — is published by Yale University Press. Burgard, Nash and Emma Acker contributed three of the best catalogue essays I’ve read this year. If you are interested in 20th-century painting, this book needs to be in your library.

Burgard is the curator of American art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He has organized exhibitions on Enrico Donati, Frank Lobdell and Stephen De Staebler.

Among the topics we discuss are:

  • The scope of Diebenkorn’s Berkeley production, which ranged from the famed abstractions to figurative paintings;
  • The way figuration and representation both inform the Berkeley-era abstractions;
  • How a Phillips Collection Cezanne (see the images in the jump) provided a key spark for Diebenkorn; and
  • Burgard’s research into the links between paintings up-and-down Diebenkorn’s career, periods most typically treated as ‘walled-off’ groupings by art historians.

Burgard and I also discussed the importance of the Bayeux Tapestries to a young Diebenkorn. See images of them here.

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For images of artworks discussed on this week’s show, please click through to the jump.

Richard Diebenkorn, Berkeley #1, 1953. The Phillips Collection, Washington.

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled (Sausalito #3), 1948. Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Richard Diebenkorn, Albuqueraue #3, 1951.

Richard Diebenkorn, Berkeley #3, 1953. Collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, 1953. (This is ink on paper.)

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled (Nude), 1954.

Richard Diebenkorn, Berkeley #22, 1954. Collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington.

Richard Diebenkorn, Chabot Valley, 1955.

Richard Diebenkorn, View from the Porch, 1959.

Richard Diebenkorn, Black Table, 1960. Collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

Paul Cezanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1886-87. The Phillips Collection, Washington.

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #24, 1969. Collection of the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Richard Diebenkorn, Urbana #5 (Beach Town), 1953.

Richard Diebenkorn, Urbana, 1953.

Richard Diebenkorn, Berkeley #8, 1954. Collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.

Richard Diebenkorn, Seawall, 1957. Collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Richard Diebenkorn, Freeway and Aqueduct, 1957. Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Richard Diebenkorn, Girl with Plant, 1960. The Phillips Collection, Washington.

Pierre Bonnard, The Open Window, 1921. The Phillips Collection, Washington.

Richard Diebenkorn, Recollections of a Visit to Leningrad, 1965.

Richard Diebenkorn, Cityscape I, 1963. Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Richard Diebenkorn, Ingleside, 1963. Collection of the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Art Museum.

Richard Diebenkorn, Large Still Life, 1963. Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Richard Diebenkorn, Seated Figure with Hat, 1967. Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Richard Diebenkorn, Window, 1967. Collection of the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University.

Richard Diebenkorn, View of the Ocean, Santa Cruz Island, 1958. Collection of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation.

Richard Diebenkorn, Interior with View of Buildings, 1962. Collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum.

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Comments

  1. Great presentation and images. I especially enjoy the intersperse of the Bayeux Tapestry, Cezanne and Bonnard works as stylistic influences to his work.

  2. So many images are reminiscent of DeKooning and Matisse. I am not certain why you didn’t include them along with Cezanne and Bonnard. His work is pure music and poetry.

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