75 Reasons to Live: Robert Bechtle on Richard Diebenkorn

January 3, 2011  |  By
Filed under: One on One

Richard Diebenkorn, _Coffee_, 1959. Oil on canvas, 57 1/2 in. x 52 1/4 in.; © Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

Robert Bechtle on Richard Diebenkorn’s Coffee (1959). “An artist looks at those hands and says, ‘That guy knows how to paint hands, but he’s not trying to prove it to you. They’re doing what they need to do to get that coffee cup up to her lips, and that’s it.’ ” Click thumbnail for larger version, you might find it helpful while listening to the artist.

We’ll be revisiting the 75 Reasons to Live talks on the big screen: tomorrow, January 4, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Join us!

Remember the end of Manhattan, when Woody Allen asks himself what makes life worth living? Last January, during SFMOMA’s three-day 75th anniversary celebration, 75 people from the Bay Area creative community gave extremely short talks — 7.5 minutes or less! — on a single collection work of their choosing. You can follow the 75 Reasons to Live talks as we post them by checking in here.

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