Edited by M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Computers, like abstract art, speak a new language. Often overwhelming
and sometimes unintelligible, the language, once mastered, is as exciting
and rewarding as crossing a great river; enrichment may be found on the other
For Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993), mastering the language of abstract
expressionism allowed him to fully express his artistic vision. For most of
his life, Diebenkorn struggled to express emotion and movement through the
very elements of the painting—texture, color, form, light, and darkness—without
the "baggage" of traditional representational symbols, such as human figures
or buildings. Diebenkorn also felt an "ethical obligation" to create pure
art. And, in fact, Diebenkorn disliked his work being classified as anything
other than abstract.
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