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‘Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley’: When friends draw

Did you know that most of the pieces in our Richard Diebenkorn exhibition have been lent by private collectors? This exhibition was truly a community effort with many generous collectors lending us works to be shown publicly for the first time. We want to extend a special thank you our generous sponsors who helped make this exhibition possible, including: Stephen & Susan Chamberlin, Jacobs & Co., James J. Curtis, Harry W. & Mary Margaret Anderson Foundation, Mechanics Bank, Gruen Gruen + Associates, William N. & Kathryn E. Keller, Ellengale Toki & Owen Oakley and Blick Art Materials.

Meredith May at the San Francisco Chronicle sat down with curator Jan Wurm to talk about how she selected the pieces to be included in our exhibition of works by world-renowned artist Richard Diebenkorn and others of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. In short, Jan had the unique opportunity to visit and tour the homes of his family, former students and many art collectors across the Bay Area.

Wurm culled the show from former students, artists and friends she knew who had beloved Diebenkorn works in their private homes. The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation opened their database to her and let her scan their archives.

“I specifically chose pieces that had another life in people’s life,” Wurm said, “One person had a Diebenkorn in the dining room, or their bedroom, or right by their front door so they could consider it every time they were about to walk into the world. I noticed people really were devoted to their Diebenkorns, for the way his work shifted how they saw color and space.”

Read ‘Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley’: When friends draw to learn more.

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