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Guest Editor Scott A. Shields here. It is highly appropriate that #Diebenkorn’s early work be seen not only on the West Coast but in the East. An artist rooted in the California light, Diebenkorn quickly came into national and international importance.
As an artist he was precocious, achieving initial success with his fully realized #AbstractExpressionist paintings before age thirty. Major recognition came first in the summer of 1948 with a solo exhibition of his work at the California Palace of the @LegionofHonor in San Francisco, an accomplishment remarkable for an artist of twenty-six who had not yet obtained a college degree.
National recognition followed while he was pursuing an advanced degree at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, when #RobertMotherwell and #AdReinhardt included him in their 1951 Modern Artists in America, a text that surveyed up-to-the-minute contemporary art.
See here two oil paintings chosen for the 1948 exhibition, which I was delighted—as was the @DiebenkornFoundation—to include in Beginnings.
Untitled, c. 1947, oil on canvas, 30 1/8 x 24 in. (76.5 x 61 cm); Untitled, 1948, 40 x 29 in. (101.6 x 73.7 cm). Both Collection of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, @diebenkornfoundation
Images © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation
Shields is the Associate Director and Chief Curator at the @CrockerArt Museum in Sacramento, and curator of “Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955,” on view here at the @AcademyArtMuseum starting April 26.
#RichardDiebenkorn #DiebenkornBeginnings #RichardDiebenkornFoundation #CrockerArt #abstractart #LegionofHonor #Maryland #Easton #AcademyArtMuseum #EastonMD

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