This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Timothy Anglin Burgard, the co-curator of "Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-66." The exhibition opens tomorrow at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, where it will be on view through September 29.
The exhibition catalogue — which includes full-page plates of many Berkeley-era paintings not in the exhibition — is published by Yale University Press. Burgard, co-curator Steven A. Nash and Emma Acker contributed three of the best catalogue essays I’ve read this year. If you are interested in 20th-century painting, this book needs to be in your library.
This is Berkeley #1 (1953), the first painting Richard Diebenkorn made after returning to the Bay Area after a few years in Albuquerque and in Urbana, Ill. It’s at The Phillips Collection and is included in the the book that accompanies the show. The Phillips did not make the painting available to the exhibition. On this week’s program, Burgard and host Tyler Green discussed how Diebenkorn migrated certain parts of his Albuquerque-era palette into the early Berkeley paintings, such as the ‘Marie-Therese Walter purple’ in several parts of Berkeley #1.