Selected Works on Paper

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego-La Jolla
Selected Works on Paper

700 Prospect St.
San Diego, CA 92037
June 10th, 2012 - September 2nd, 2012

san diego
858 454 3541
Thu-Tue 11-5; Third Thursday of the Month 11-7
prints, photography


This presentation of works on paper from the MCASD collection includes two prints made by Richard Diebenkorn in 1970, not long after the  artist    moved his studio to  Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood and returned to abstraction after years of working in a figurative style. These insistently abstract works nonetheless retain the influence of the landscape, viewed through the window of the artist’s studio or from the window of an airplane. In 1970 Diebenkorn was invited by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior to document water reclamation projects in Colorado and Arizona, where he viewed rivers and river valleys from a helicopter—a project that he acknowledged inflected his work at the time. The Diebenkorn prints serve as points of departure for this selection of works that oscillate between abstraction and figuration, with both tendencies finding visual correlates in the landscape. The exhibition features drawings, photographs, paintings on paper, and prints—many of which have rarely been on view—by an array of artists.