Selected Works on Paper
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.