The Easel

Archives: Jeremy Harding

7th June 2015

At the RA

Diebenkorn’s work is not held widely in the UK and there was a tone of surprise in the early (gushing) reviews of his London retrospective. In contrast, this essay focuses on what to make of his shifts in style. Diebenkorn’s career “was not a single, mechanical oscillation from abstract through figurative and back, but a long argument with himself, and others, about different ways to make a good painting.”