Abstracts With Richard Diebenkorn

Abstracts With  Richard Diebenkorn

Celebrating the opening of a new exhibit of abstract art by Richard Diebenkorn entitled “The Ocean Park Series,” The Corcoran Gallery of Art and Washington Photo Safari are pleased to offer an opportunity for you to learn how to create abstract art—œ with your camera!

The Corcoran is handling registration fees for this Safari. To register go to https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/poetics_of_place.

The Ocean Park Series is the first major museum exhibition to explore the artist’s most celebrated series created from 1967 to 1988. Recognized as a leading West Coast Abstract Expressionist in the 1950s, Diebenkorn turned his attention to figurative painting in 1955 and achieved equal success in this alternate style. In 1967 he returned to abstraction, and during the next twenty years would forge one of the most compelling and masterful bodies of work of the 20th century: the Ocean Park series.

Our photo Safari—œled by architectural photographer E. David Luria—œbegins at the new Diebenkorn exhibit at the Corcoran with an explanation of Diebenkorn’s art by Linda Powell, the gallery’s senior Director of Interpretation and Visitor experience. Mr. Luria will then give participants tips on how to create similar abstract images in their cameras, taking them by cabs to the Adams Morgan neighborhood which offers a treasure trove of abstract art opportunities through its graffiti on walls, lines and shadows and patterns on the sidewalks, and the colorful, diverse architecture.

For example, do you see that wrinkled red leaf on the sidewalk?  It’s a picture.  See the cross-hatched shadows on the wall made by the fire escape railing?  It’s a picture. See the abstract reflections in that yellow motorcycle’s gas tank?  It’s a picture. See the colorful and zany patterns of color from that piece of mural art?  It’s a picture.

If you want to develop a Diebenkorn-like eye for the weird and unusual close-up, if you want to spend an afternoon inside the right part of your brain, come join us on this unique walking safari offered by the Corcoran Gallery that will sharpen your eyes for pictures you never even knew were there.

Safari ends at 5 pm at 18th St and Kalorama Rd NW . Limited to 15 participants Corcoran member price:  $40   Non-member price $50.

The Corcoran is handling registration fees for this Safari. To register go to https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/poetics_of_place.