Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Knife and Glass

Richard Diebenkorn, 1963

When art critic Hilton Kramer visited the Poindexter Gallery in 1963, he was deeply impressed by the nerve of Richard Diebenkorn’s Knife in a Glass of that same year, a tiny still life hanging amid a welter of larger figurative canvases in the artist’s New York solo show.  “one hardly knows,” he pondered in his review, “wether to embrace its audacity - it is certainly a very beautiful painting - or shudder at such raked esthetic atavism." 

The Not-So-Still Life: A Century of California Painting and Sculpture 
by Susan Landauer, William H. Gerdts, Patricia Trenton

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