Culling work from four facets of Diebenkorn’s print oeuvre: figures and landscapes, Ocean Park, Clubs and Spades and illustrated poems by W.B. Yeats, this catalog reflects the breadth and diversity of his work in various print media.
Diebenkorn’s production of prints throughout his career certainly informed his approach to drawing and painting. Crown Point Press founder, Kathan Brown, discusses Diebenkorn’s affinity for the printmaking process:
"Richard Diebenkorn’s works in color etching, especially the large aquatint titled Green, are among the most celebrated of our time, and this exhibition provides rare pleasures in that regard. But don’t overlook the black and white etchings, full of surprises and intimacies. Diebenkorn spoke of them as “a way of drawing” and used them to test formal ideas and sometimes to figure out what was “wrong” with a painting in progress. He wouldn’t have been seriously involved with printmaking if he hadn’t gained insight from it…. Diebenkorn made prints not only to see his images in the unfamiliar territory of reversal, but also to make them in an unfamiliar way. The processes of etching and drypoint don’t allow a drawing to be fully seen until it is printed."
Softcover, published by Greenberg van Doren Gallery, New York, 2012.