Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange. Art Junket @SFMOMA. 2017

EXHIBITION:Matisse/Diebenkorn (March 11, 2017)

The Art Junket members attending were: Ana Perches, Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange, Erin Mahollitz, Don Fitzmahan, mbfitzmahan, and Tao Graham.

Diebenkorn. Berkeley #47. 1955

I can’t say that I really like the early works of Diebenkorn.  I believe that his early works are puerile and poorly executed.  In fact, I  felt that many of the works by our Art Junket artists are better.

Diebenkorn. Ocean Park #54. 1972

But, his later works, especially when he moved his studio to Santa Monica, show a masterful understanding of color and form.

This SFMOMA exhibit is a tribute to Diebenkorn’s growth process.  It is a visual history of the growth of an artist.

We can learn from Diebenkorn.  Artists are not born great.  Well, not most of us.

We become.

Left: Henri Matisse.  The Blue Window. 1913.  Right: Richard Diebenkorn. Woman on a Porch. 1958.

The best thing about the evening was the exchange between artists.  We started our conversations over wine in the Members Lounge.

Diebenkorn is an inspiration to us Art Junket artists in how he developed as an artist by studying art pieces of Matisse.  The exhibit itself is a tribute to how Diebenkorn was influenced by Henri Matisse.  He traveled around the United States and then to the Soviet Union, just to see paintings by Matisse.

Diebenkorn also collaborated with and got inspiration from other artists.  He met with artists at least two or three times a month.  In fact, some of the works of his contemporary artist friends were shown at the exhibit.

In our walk through the exhibit rooms, we collected ideas that we might be able to use for our own art work. “Notice Matisse’s use of thick black or brown to outline his figures.  You could do that!” “Look at that blue!  I’d like to find that color in my photography.” Or, “See how Diebenkorn uses oil paints? All the layers!”  “Hmmm.  I like the nude sketches.  Let’s do nudes as a project. And, still lifes.  What do you think?”

After the exhibit, the artists with the ‘hangries’ went in search of Japanese food.  The wanderings through the night canyons of San Francisco, led to a suggestion that we Art Junketeers collaborated on a Night Out to do night photography/art in the city.

mbfitzmahan. Night Art. 2017