Richard Diebenkorn, Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games (Pencil Signed with Olympic Committee COA) 1982, Offset Lithograph on Parsons Diploma Parchment.
Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the publisher on Olympic Committee letterhead. This is from a planned edition of 750 hand signed prints, though only approx. 200 were kept. It was published in 1982 to celebrate the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics . The Olympic Committee commissioned 15 nationally known artists, including West Coast artists like Sam Francis and Richard Diebenkorn, to create unique designs to promote the event. The complete list of artists is: Sam Francis, David Hockney,
Richard Diebenkorn, Carlos Almaraz, Robert Rauschenberg, Jennifer Bartlett, Jonathon Borofsky, Roy LIchtenstein, April Gornik,
Raymond Saunders, Martin Puryear, John Baldessari, Lynda Benglis, Billy Al Bengston and Garry Winogrand. This was Diebenkorn's contribution to the portfolio. Authentic hand signed Richard Diebenkorn prints (with the full signature) like this are extremely elusive and desirable. This work is unframed and in fine condition; excellent provenance as it was acquired as part of the complete portfolio of limited edition hand signed Olympic prints, all held in the original box with colophon. This will be the first time the print has been removed. Excellent condition; never framed. All of the works in this rare portfolio, including this Diebenkorn lithograph, are unnumbered, but hand signed from the limited edition 750. In 2017, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne Switzerland featured all 15 lithographs from this portfolio: “The 1980s were marked by non-conformism, eccentricity, audacity and joie de vivre,” say the exhibition organizers, “All these elements are clearly expressed in the stylistic vocabulary chosen by the organizrs of the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, with its fun approach and acid colors.”
Boldly signed in graphite pencil on the recto (front). The lithograph itself bears the Olympic Committee copyright. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the publisher on Olympic Committee letterhead.
The complete Olympic portfolio, in original box with colophon page, featuring 15 limited edition offset lithographs
Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, 2017 (different portfolio)