Richard Diebenkorn, Seated Woman, 1967; collection of Gretchen and John Berggruen; © the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation


Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant and John Elderfield

Renowned curator John Elderfield shares the program with Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, daughter of legendary California painter Richard Diebenkorn, for revealing insights into Diebenkorn’s art, his deep appreciation for Henri Matisse, and how the great French painter’s influence reveals itself across decades of Diebenkorn’s innovative oeuvre. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Matisse/Diebenkorn, their talks will highlight parallels in the two artists’ work through personal observations, anecdotes, and art historical insights. Following the talks, Elderfield and Grant will be joined onstage by exhibition co-curators Janet Bishop, Thomas Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture, SFMOMA, and Katy Rothkopf, senior curator and department head of European Painting and Sculpture, The Baltimore Museum of Art, to further explore how these two artists, though separated by geography and generation, share striking affinities.