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The year was 1956, and Diebenkorn had his first solo exhibition at Poindexter Gallery in New York. While receiving glowing reviews from the New York Times and Arts Magazine, the show was one of the last to feature new works from the artist's Berkeley abstract series. Shortly thereafter and to the surprise of many, Diebenkorn shifted gears entirely, turning his full attention to representational painting and drawing. “I was encumbered with style and too concerned with style,” he said. “There were a good many things I wanted to say—to talk about—that a more strict style prevented. My painting was too inbred. Representation was a challenge I hadn't had before.” . Here, Diebenkorn #draws a crumpled coat strewn over a chair. The coat seems to have an organic nature and almost feels lifelike in its pose. It so fully occupies the chair that it's easy to imagine its weight and texture. . Untitled, 1956, charcoal on paper, 13 7/8 x 16 7/8 in. (35.2 x 42.9 cm) . Quote taken from the article “Edging Away from Abstraction” in the magazine Time, March 17, 1958. . . . #RichardDiebenkorn #Diebenkorn #DiebenkornDraws #Wednesday #DiebenkornInsights #drawing #representationalart #worksonpaper #monochromeart #blackandwhite #texture #stilllife #history #charcoal #learn #engagewithart #AmericanArtist #California #WednesdayWisdom #instadaily #instagram