Gerhard Richter Large Abstracts

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Edited by: Dr. Ulrich Wilmes Texts by: Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Prof. Dr. Siegfried Gohr, Gregor Stemmrich, Dr. Ulrich Wilmes English 2008, 160 Pages, 137 Ills. Hardcover 1mm x 1mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2249-0

Painting—its principles, boundaries, and possibilities—is the central theme of the extensive body of work by Gerhard Richter (*1932 in Dresden), an oeuvre has been characterized by stylistic contrasts since the very beginning.This elegant volume of color plates featuring profound essays by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Beate Söntgen, and Gregor Stemmrich focuses on the artist’s abstract paintings, which have comprised a dominant portion of his collective works since the eighties. The book does not trace the development of form and content in the paintings, but concentrates instead on the paintings that thematically comprise a homogenous body of work. It is based on the assertion that Richter’s abstract paintings are the results of various painterly processes that are not guided in a particular direction by a content-related precept. The featured paintings were produced between 1986 and 2006 and place emphasis on large-format paintings characterized by a prodigious painterly density. (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2248-3) Exhibition schedule: Museum Ludwig, Cologne, October 18, 2008–February 1, 2009 · Haus der Kunst, Munich, February 27–May 17, 2009 · Further venues planned

»The paintings are both lush and unexpected. The streaky, pitted surfaces have a sedimentary, almost chemical feel to them. They are full of drama and incident, most of it beyond the creator's control. This is a harnessing of entropy.«

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