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Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley

Please join us for the closing party on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 3:00-5:00pm

Featuring intimate works on paper by Richard Diebenkorn which were created during his Berkeley years (1953 – 1966), several of which will be shown publicly for the first time. Also included will be drawings by other Bay Area Figurative movement artists and those closest to Diebenkorn including David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Frank Lobdell, Nathan Oliveira, James Weeks and Joan Brown. An exhibition catalog and public programs will provide a background on the historic role that the Art Center played in the rise of the Bay Area Figurative movement, a unique perspective into the ways in which Diebenkorn’s work lives on in local, private collections and still resonates in the contemporary art world today.

Guest curated by Jan Wurm, an artist who divides her time between Berkeley and Los Angeles, and who is actively engaged in expanding the community forum for contemporary art dialogue. She has taught for UC Berkeley Extension and lectured extensively as a guest artist. Through paintings, drawings, and artists books, Wurm examines daily life and close encounters to reveal aspects of contemporary culture which inform our relationships. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Achenbach Graphic Arts Foundation, the New York Public Library Print Collection, the Archive Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen in Berlin and the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna.

In the News:
Oakland Art Enthusiast Artist Proof: Curator Jan Wurm, “Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley” at Richmond Art Center, Nov. 11, 2014
The Monthly, Bay Area Figuration and More in Four RAC Shows, October 2014
SF Chronicle, ‘Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley’: When friends draw, Sept. 11, 2014

Thank You!
This exhibition would not have been possible without the support of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. Funds for this exhibition 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.

Watch videos of the artist talks:

Video 1Considering Diebenkorn.
Friends, students, collectors and artists will gather for an informal discussion on how Richard Diebenkorn’s art, teaching and spirit have influenced the art and teaching in the Bay Area for half a century. This event was part of the exhibition Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley.
Video 2Renee Bott: Printing With Diebenkorn.
Renee Bott, co-founder of Paulson-Bott Press, joined the Richmond Art Center and shared her masterly pursuits in the printmaking studio and wonderful stories of working with Richard Diebenkorn when she was at Crown Point Press.
Video 3Richard Diebenkorn: The Long Regard.
Gretchen Grant, daughter of Richard Diebenkorn, and Kathan Brown, founder of Crown Point Press and printer and publisher of the artist’s significant work in intaglio, talked about the long span of years watching Richard Diebenkorn at work and being engaged by his process. Kathan Brown’s documentary of Diebenkorn was also be screened.

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