Abstract Expressionism, also known as “AbEx” drew much attention in the art scene after World War II. It consists characteristic messiness and extreme energetic applications. Unfortunately, many before felt that Abstract Expressionism wasn’t worthy enough to be labeled as “art”. To understand this type of art work requires one to be able to understand the meaning of “deep”. In the 1950, “deep” was slang for not decorative. It was said that the this type of artwork was a way for expressionists to let out their personal feelings through their artwork. A key characteristic of Abstract Expressionism is unconventional application of paint. Things like dropping, smearing, slathering, and flinging lots of paint on to the canvas is quite a common thing you see throughout this genre of art. Many chose to let the paint drip down on t he canvas while they danced around. Soon this artwork would put New York at the center of the western art world.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the estate of Richard Diebenkorn are jointly sponsoring a project to create a complete catalogue of the paintings and works on paper of Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922-1993). The catalogue is being edited by Jane Livingston, whose connection with the artist spans more than two decades, culminating curatorially with the 1997 Retrospective at the Whitney Museum. The project also benefits from the active participation of the artist's wife, Phyllis Diebenkorn.