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California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn | Wayne Thiebaud

February 1 - March 16, 2018

Wayne Thiebaud, Green River Lands, 1998

Wayne Thiebaud, Green River Lands, 1998

Oil on canvas, 72 x 48 inches

Collection of Matthew Bult

Art © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Richard Diebenkorn, Berkeley #44, 1955

Richard Diebenkorn, Berkeley #44, 1955

Oil on canvas, 59 x 64 inches

Private Collection

© Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Press Release

Acquavella Galleries Presents California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn | Wayne Thiebaud

On View February 1 – March 16, 2018, Opening Reception: January 31st, 6 – 8pm   

New York, NY –  Acquavella Galleries is pleased to present California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn | Wayne Thiebaud, featuring twenty landscapes by California painters Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud. The show will mark the first joint exhibition dedicated to landscapes by these leading postwar California painters – who were also close friends. Themes explored in the show will include their use of vibrant color, painterly texture, sense of light, and aerial perspective.

California Landscapes will include four important examples from Diebenkorn’s Berkeley series in addition to several works from the artist’s Ocean Park series. The Berkeley series, produced between 1953 and 1956, is marked by radiant color, strong compositions and gestural brushwork that maintain a sense of landscape through their abstract composition. In the mid-1960s, Diebenkorn began his seminal cycle of paintings and works on paper, the Ocean Park series. Inspired by the environs of the Ocean Park neighborhood in Santa Monica where he lived at this time, the works are characterized by geometric abstractions of subtle line and suffused with Californian luminosity.

Thiebaud began producing landscapes in the 1960s, employing his characteristic exaggerated palette and meticulous painterly technique while experimenting with perspective to capture his Californian surroundings. On view will be works from the early 1970s through 2017, including his dizzying and dramatic depictions of San Francisco, flattened aerial views of the Sacramento River Delta, and unusual close-up and cross section views of mountains and beaches.

A fully illustrated hardcover catalogue will accompany this exhibition and will include a critical essay by the distinguished curator and art historian John Yau. The book will also include an interview between gallery Director Philippe de Montebello and artist Wayne Thiebaud.


Media Contacts:

For interviews, background and images, please contact:


Andy Cushman

Blue Medium, Inc

Tel: +1-212-675-1800


Emily Crowley

Acquavella Galleries

Tel: +1-212-734-6300

Photograph of Richard Diebenkorn
Richard Diebenkorn
Photograph of Wayne Thiebaud
Wayne Thiebaud
California Landscapes Wayne Thiebaud poster
California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn | Wayne Thiebaud
Poster February - March 2018
California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn Berkeley #44 poster
California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn | Wayne Thiebaud
Poster February - March 2018
California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn | Wayne Thiebaud cover
California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn | Wayne Thiebaud
February - March 2018
Wayne Thiebaud, Ripley Ridge, 1977
Review of "California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn | Wayne Thiebaud" March 29, 2018

By Donald Kuspit

Richard Diebenkorn, Berkeley #44, 1955
The New Criterion
The Critic's Notebook March 13, 2018

Review of California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn | Wayne Thiebaud in The Critic's Notebook.

Wayne Thiebaud, Ripley Ridge, 1977
The Brooklyn Rail
Review of "California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn / Wayne Thiebaud" by Hearne Pardee March 5, 2018

Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud defined a California vernacular int he early 1960s--Diebenkorn with suburban views of figures at windows and Thieabud with arrays of desserts. Their expansive, luminous spaces embraced the influences of de Kooning, Hopper, and Matisse, not to mention Persian miniatures and Japanese prints. But their work extends beyond that period, as evidenced by this dual show at Acquavella, which focuses on landscape and opens fresh perspectives on an artistic friendship that endures today as Thiebaud, the surviving partner, continues to paint at age 97.

Photograph of Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud, around 1991
The Art Newspaper
A Friendly Scene: The Landscapes of Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn February 5, 2018

By James H. Miller

A show at Acquavella Galleries in New York brings together paintings by the two fast friends.

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