Photo: Winni Wintermeyer


50 Artists: Janet Bishop on Richard Diebenkorn

Part of 50 Artists

The thousands of artworks at SFMOMA offer countless opportunities to look closely and think deeply about some of the most amazing artists of our time. To celebrate both the artists on view in the newly expanded museum and the creative communities of the Bay Area, 50 Artists invites local artists and creative professionals to share how icons of modern and contemporary art matter to them. This week, SFMOMA’s own Janet Bishop sheds light on the inspiration behind Richard Diebenkorn’s stunning paintings.

Bishop is SFMOMA’s Thomas Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture, and the co-curator of the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibition. While the museum underwent expansion construction, she oversaw SFMOMA’s On the Go program, which included a slate of jointly organized and traveling museum exhibitions presented throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Some of her favorite past projects include The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde (2011); 75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show (2009); and Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective (2005). Janet holds a B.A. in art history and psychology from Cornell University and an M.A. in art history from Columbia University.