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Exhibition of Works by World-Renowned Artist Richard Diebenkorn Draws Record Crowds

A record number of people have flocked to the Richmond Art Center to view an exhibition of works by world-renowned artist Richard Diebenkorn and supporting exhibitions which feature artists of the Bay Area Figurative movement. A closing party for the public will be held on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

The closing party will honor the generous collectors and galleries that have loaned the works, many shown publicly for the first time, for Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the work of Richard Diebenkorn, one of the most influential painters of the last 50 years. He exhibited his work at the Art Center in the 1950s and held his first major exhibition of drawings here in 1968,” says Richard Ambrose, executive director for the Richmond Art Center.

Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley, showcases works on paper by artists of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, including artist Richard Diebenkorn and those closest to him: David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Nathan Oliveira, James Weeks and Joan Brown.

The Art Center’s galleries also include lithographs by Frank Lobdell, another artist of Bay Area Figurative movement); large-scale paintings by Tom Holland; and the printmaking practices and collections of Juan Fuentes, Art Hazelwood, Jos Sances and Jim Nikas.

“Thousands of people have visited the Richmond Art Center over the past two months to see this series of exceptionally strong exhibitions, which celebrates a rich part of Bay Area art history and underscores the Art Center’s historic role in supporting emerging and established artists,” says Ambrose.

Funds for Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley were generously provided by 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.

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