New College of Marin Gallery Opens With Diebenkorn Exhibit, 9/28
"The Intimate Diebenkorn ~ Works on Paper, 1949 1992
College of Marin
Fine Art Gallery in the Performing Arts Building
835 College Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904
(Corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and Laurel Avenue)
Sept. 28 Nov. 14, 2013
Gallery Hours: one Saturday (only), Sept. 28 10 a.m. to 5, Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The artistic mastery of internationally revered artist Richard Diebenkorn will be presented in a premiere exhibit at the new College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery beginning Sept. 28, 2013.
The seven-week exhibit features 40 pieces, most of which have never been exhibited. The selected works on paper portray a richly intimate glimpse into the artist's evolution spanning more than 40 years.
"College of Marin is extremely fortunate to host the world premiere of this exhibit," said David Wain Coon, superintendent/president of College of Marin. "The exhibit will be the highlight of the college's fall 2013 fine arts curriculum allowing students the opportunity to study up close the development of an internationally acclaimed artist. We invite the public to join us in celebrating the official opening of the new College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery."
The show, which includes pencil and ink drawings on paper, collages of torn paper and watercolors, is the first show to be produced by the Diebenkorn Foundation.
The College of Marin exhibit includes lesser known works and others that are "tremendous knockouts," said Andrea Ligouri, managing director of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. Ligouri is also director of research and associate editor of the Richard Diebenkorn Catalogue Raisonne. "This is a body of work that should be seen. It represents the process of an artist in a very private way. Everything is small enough that the viewer will want to walk right up to the drawing and see it closely before stepping back. It needs a space like the new College of Marin gallery, well-lit, clean and simple."
The Diebenkorn Foundation provided a $20,000 grant to provide frames and packaging for the exhibit. College of Marin hopes to raise matching funds to pay for additional costs related to the staging of such a prestigious exhibit.
Chester Arnold, chair of the Fine Arts Department at College of Marin, a painting instructor and artist, curated the exhibit. He sifted through hundreds of drawings, many of which were unframed in flat files in storage at the Foundation. Some of them were created in lean times for the artist on the back of old advertising posters for Mother's Cookies and Pennzoil.
"These works have a special import to anyone studying art," Arnold said. "They are small sketches, remarkable and beautiful. They reveal so much about his personality and the works that were being born in his studio. Each period of his work Ocean Park, Berkeley, Healdsburg all had highlights along the way and you can see them happening. It is an exhilarating study depicting the development of an artist."
For the Berkeley, Calif.-based Diebenkorn Foundation, founded in 2009, this first exhibit embraces the educational mission of the organization. Not only was Diebenkorn a life-long educator, but also the family has special ties to people at the college.