Richard Diebenkorn, ‘Untitled’, ca. 1951, Leslie Feely

Richard Diebenkorn learned how to weld while earning his master's degree at the University of New Mexico, and it is believed that he produced around ten metal sculptures pieced together from recycled scrap. He selected two of these sculptures, one of which being Untitled, c. 195, for his master's degree exhibition in May of 1951. It is in all likelihood Diebenkorn's only extant sculpture

University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, "Master's Degree Exhibition", May 1951. Harwood Museum, University of New Mexico, Taos, "Diebenkorn in New Mexico, 1950-1952", 2 June-9 September 2007, plate no. 32, fig. 17; The San Jose Museum of Art, 15 October 2007-6 January 2008; Grey Art Gallery of New York University, 24 January-15 April 2008. Leslie Feely Fine Art, "Richard Diebenkorn: In Context 1949-1952", 6 May-June 26 2010. Michael Rosenfeld, METAL: Sculpture in America, 1945 to 1970, November 7, 2015 - January 16, 2016.

Mark Lavatelli, "Richard Diebenkorn: The Albuquerque Years," Artspace, June 1980, 22-23.
John Elderfield, The Drawings of Richard Diebenkorn (Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1988), 36, fig. 11.

Robert Hooton, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sotheby, Parke-Bernet, Los Angeles, California (September 24, 1981, Sale 318, Lot 580).
Private Collection, California.

About Richard Diebenkorn

A highly influential mid-century American artist, Richard Diebenkorn is known for his abstract landscape paintings, in particular the "Ocean Park" series, which he exhibited when representing America at the 1978 Venice Biennale. Diebenkorn’s work is often highly gestural and layered, his use of the medium comparable to that of contemporaries like the Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning, an artist he greatly admired. Diebenkorn, however, preferred California to the competitive New York art scene, and became a leading artist among the Bay Area Figurative painters. Even at its most abstract, Diebenkorn’s work remains rooted in the outside world, and he is celebrated for capturing his surroundings on canvas without representing them literally. Moving between New Mexico, Illinois, and, ultimately, California, his work progresses in tune with the changing architecture and landscape. Diebenkorn also painted portraits, expertly combining figurative and abstract styles in the same picture.

American, 1922-1993, Portland, Oregon, based in San Francisco, California