Top in New York. Richard Diebenkorn Ocean Park #20. Auction on 14 May 2014 at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale.
Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 14 May 2014 in New York will feature three works from the extensive private collection of Los Angeles philanthropists Jane and Marc Nathanson. The highlight of the group is Ocean Park #20 by Richard Diebenkorn, one of the outstanding examples from the artist’s seminal series (est. $9/12 million). The other works to be offered are Four Plates Edges Up by Richard Serra (est. $2.5/3.5 million) and an Untitled Sam Francis painting from 1979 (est. $800,000/1.2 million). Before traveling to Hong Kong and London, the Diebenkorn will be unveiled alongside other spring highlights in Sotheby’s Los Angeles galleries from 26 to 28 March (9200 W Sunset Blvd #170, Los Angeles, CA 90069, 10 am to 4 pm daily).
Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park #20 from 1969 was created near the inception of the entire grand cycle of Ocean Park paintings and is an extraordinarily luminous example of the series that represents one of the major triumphs of 20th century abstraction. Diebenkorn moved to Santa Monica in 1966 and was immediately captivated by his surroundings with expanses of beach contrasting sharply with the geometries of nearby streets and buildings. Inspired by the effects of the sunlight on the ocean, the Ocean Park series honors both figuration and abstraction with traces of each co-existing throughout the paintings.