The body of work Diebenkorn produced in his Healdsburg studio is intimately scaled. Diebenkorn approached each work and phase of his career with renewed curiosity, which is the constant thread in his dynamic creative process. Of his persistent search the artist himself wrote in a list titled Notes to myself on beginning a painting: “1. attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion.” Diebenkorn saw his creations as open-ended, relishing the unexpected that he embraced because it always propelled his work in new direction. Diebenkorn’s willingness and drive to improvise and reinvent himself flow throughout the selection of works in this exhibition catalogue. The geometry of the Ocean Park period gives way to a less strictly structured, more fluid relationship and balance between his geometric and organic forms.
Essay by Steven A. Nash
Softcover, 34 pages