Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, c. 1946, Cut-and-pasted and torn-and-pasted paper, gouache, ink, and crayon on paper, Collection of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

Audiences today generally know the career of Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) in three periods: the Sausalito, Albuquerque, Urbana, and “early Berkeley” periods of Abstract Expressionism (1947–1955); the Berkeley figurative/representational period (1955–1966); and the Ocean Park (1967–1987) and Healdsburg (1988–1992) series of abstractions. Yet Diebenkorn’s earliest work remains very little-known outside of two youthful efforts—a painting and a drawing—that have been frequently reproduced.

The exhibition Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955  and its accompanying catalogue aim to present a comprehensive view of Diebenkorn’s evolution to maturity, focusing solely on the paintings and drawings that precede his 1955 shift to figuration at age 33.

Included in the exhibition are paintings and drawings primarily from the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, many of which have not before been publicly exhibited. Together, these 78 drawings and 22 paintings offer a full picture of the young artist’s achievements.

The exhibition is organized by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum, and curated by Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. The Academy Art Museum is the only venue on the East Coast for the exhibition.


Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942-1955 will be open daily 10 am – 4 pm.


Jocelyn and George Eysymontt

Karen and Craig Fuller

Lisa and Peter Hunter

Simma and Ron Liebmann 

Cathy McCoy

Mary Ann Schindler and Martin Hughes

Nanny Trippe



April 26, 2019 - July 10, 2019


April 26, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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