Lawrence Gipe reviews Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed and Edward Hopper: New York Corner at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford through August 8, 2016.
Gipe observes: "In a transition zone between the two shows, the curators … utilize a small suite of hitherto unseen works by the youthful Diebenkorn, who was clearly imitating his mentor. Truth be told, the largest painting looks so much like a Hopper, it makes you do a double take on the label. The inclusion of these pieces as a bridge between the two exhibitions neatly embellishes what was formally just a biographical 'footnote.' The gesture also provides a nice antidote to the time-tested story applied to Diebenkorn (and many of his cohorts) of the American artist assimilating the European avant-garde. "