PRINT January 1965

Diebenkorn Retrospective in Washington

RICHARD DIEBENKORN IS probably the most celebrated living artist from the western U.S. And with good reason––he is one of the most intelligent, aware and self-directed of artists. He established himself with a fresh abstract painting style before he was thirty years old. He has pursued his own vision regardless of fashion and has changed directions in his art when his early style had achieved sympathetic understanding and even popularity. There is an unquestionable continuity between early work and the more recent, which confirms the artist’s achievement and illuminates his self-direction. It is time to evaluate the artist’s entire work without belaboring the superficialities of style or subject matter.

Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1922, Diebenkorn studied from September 1940 to June 1943 at Stanford University before the V-12 Officer Training Program transferred him to the University of

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