Richard Diebenkorn at the de Young Museum – San Francisco

Richard Diebenkorn at the de Young Museum – San Francisco

June 22, 2013 through September 29, 2013 – “Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years – 1953 to 1966,” examines one of the most complex periods in the contemporary artist’s distinguished career, highlighting his shifting conceptions of abstraction and figuration through 131 paintings and works on paper.  This exhibition is the first to focus specifically on the artist’s evolution during one of his most fertile periods, what are now known as the “Berkeley Years,” which yielded many of his best-known works and marked this era as one of the most interesting chapters in postwar American art.

The Berkeley period included an abstract phase from 1953 to 1956 and a figurative phase from 1955 to 1967 that included figures, interiors, landscapes and still lifes. The vibrant and varied works that constitute this unique selection of contemporary masterworks trace the artist’s dramatic stylistic and thematic transformations during this pivotal period through well-known pieces as well as striking recent discoveries rarely or never before seen in public.

Included in the exhibit are milestones like 1953’s, “Berkeley #3,” and 1957’s, “Seawall,” both from the museum’s permanent collection alongside rare loans from many prestigious public and private collections, including those of the Diebenkorn family. Standouts include “Berkeley #22,” from 1954 on loan from the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., “Berkeley #44,” from 1955 on loan from the Deibenkorn Foundation, “Interior with Doorway,” from 1962 on loan from the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and “Cityscape, Landscape 1,” from 1963 on loan from SFMoMA.

"Cityscape, Landscape 1" (1963) - Diebenkorn

“Cityscape, Landscape 1″ (1963) – Diebenkorn

Exhbition Official Site
M. H. de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-3600

June 22, 2013 through September 29, 2013


Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p. m.
Friday (March 30 through November 23 only) from 9:30 a.m. to 8:45 p. m.
Closed on Monday.
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.


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$8 for seniors 65 and over.
$7 for a youth ticket for those 13 to 17 years of age.
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