Diebenkorn in Berkeley

Richard Diebenkorn kept a space at the “triangle building” at Adeline and Stanford, near the Oakland border. The building was razed in the late 1960s to make way for the new rail transit system (BART). Recalling the studio many years later, he said: “It was a triangular room at the back of a tavern. I could open a door and look right down the bar at all the regulars. There was a lot of useless furniture built into the wall, and when I pulled it off you could see many different overlapping layers of house paint. The effect was fascinating.” [Image: Richard Diebenkorn, View of Oakland, 1962. Oil on canvas, 58-5/8 x 53-7/8 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum.]