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"...I could tell that the young artist's energetic lines nearly vibrated" -- Santa Fe Pasatiempo, August 17-23, 2007

About the Author

Gerald Nordland is a leading Diebenkorn scholar. A founder of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, he currently lives in Chicago, where he works as an independent curator and author.



Mark Lavatelli is an artist, art critic, and art educator of humanities at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York.



Artist and curator Charles Strong attended the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, studying briefly with Richard Diebenkorn and with Clyfford Still. For more than thirty years, Strong was director of the Wiegand Gallery at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press; 1st edition (May 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890134987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890134986
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By J. Landau on June 4, 2007
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This compilation of text, 83 large scale plates and 21 additional reproductions provides an excellent look at a key period in the development of Richard Diebenkorn which is brushed by more quickly (and in each case with only a dozen reproductions) in the two major monographs on the artist by Nordland and Livingston. There are three essays, one quite brief, that could be read in less than 30 minutes were it not for the constant urge to study the large, full page color plate of the works discussed in each paragraph. Helpfully, one of the writers even includes small, supplemental reproductions of each piece adjacent to the paragraph in which the piece is discussed (in addition to the 104 other color illustrations listed above).

If you admire Diebenkorn's work, you are understandably going to focus on his figurative or his Ocean Park periods. But as auction prices demonstrate ($6 million for a 1955 Berkeley abstract piece in Nov., 2006), his earlier work at Albuquerque, Urbana and Berkeley are now being recognized as not only crucial stages of his growth but also as meaningful abstract expressionist works in their own right, influenced not just by personal interaction with Still, Rothko and Hassel Smith at the San Francisco Art Institute (then the CSFA) but also by shows of work by Gorky, de Kooning and others he was able to visit before or during his years at Albuquerque.

The book is large scale and the reproductions are of unusually high quality. After Nordland and Livingston, this is a "must have", along with the Elderfield's paperback of his drawings for his MOMA show.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Reich Claude on October 28, 2007
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This book accompanies an exhibition of Diebenkorn's works painted in New Mexico in the early 1950's. Wonderful illustrations make it a valuable addition to the literature on the artist. Now, you really have to be an all-out Diebenkorn fan to consider that these early works measure up to what was being painted at the same time in New York by the likes of Pollock, De Kooning, Rothko, Kline and Guston. Diebenkorn became great when he started the Ocean Park series in the 1970's, but here, he only reveals himself as a good colorist. The merit of this catalogue lies, in my opinion, in the high quality of the illustrations, albeit of minor works, and in the sensible text written by a leading authority on the artist.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ray W. Clarke on February 28, 2008
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Of the few scholarly books written on Deibenkorn's prolific production, this volume offers a new insight into the relationships of his previous developmental and matured California works. His clearly defined non-objective landscapes hold the seeds of the objective period to follow and an even more defined structural forecast of his late period of geometric compositions. Diebenkorn's use of color in New Mexico brings together both a broad stroke vision of the native landscape and an alternate coloration of local floral and costume. This author views the Albequerque series as his deepest expression of color beyond the sand, stone and dry botanical forms of cactus and sage as a predominating foilage. The light-hearted color canvases are of very special interest.

Of all artists of the twentieth century, few, if any, have explored the diversity of color intricately entwined within the composition structure so much as Diebenkorn.

Ray W. Clarke
Cleveland and Palm Beach
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ArtistInResidence on August 24, 2007
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This excellent collection represents the works produced by Richard Diebenkorn during his tenure at the University of New Mexico from 1950-52, comprising some of his most exciting abstract images. The companion exhibit at the Harwood Museum in Taos, New Mexico once again confirms Diebenkorn's stature as one of the most influential and important abstract painters of our time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 15, 2008
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This book is something of a revelation for anyone who has an interest in American painting, but isn't an artist, academic or serious collector. Richard Diebenkorn, for me, has always been a great West Coast, landscape/colorist painter, known particularly for the Ocean Park series that became a kind of hallmark for him.

"Richard Diebenkorn in New Mexico" shows an entirely different phase of his remarkable professional life; one that saw him fully committed to the dominant abstract expressionist school of the time and painting with quite a different pallette of colors than that he would come to be known for some 20-30 years later. This book is a wonderful collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture that provide examples of how the then-student Diebenkorn developed his craft over a two-plus year period in the 1950s.

This is a major pleasure to read, peruse and discuss as well as a wonderful addition to any art library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Zoller on December 5, 2008
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This book takes a great look at Diebenkorn's first mature period following the completion of his MFA in the 50's. I feel that these paintings tend to be overshadowed by his later work, so it is nice to have a book devoted entirely to this period of his career. The 80+ plates are full color, full page, and are a good size. Very nice publication on a first rate painter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Burton on November 16, 2007
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This book provides an enlightening look at Diebenkorn's early biomorphic landscape drawings and paintings. It's full of quality images and incisive analysis, and gives a thoughtful overview of his formative break-through years.
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