Daniel Richter Paintings Then and Now

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Edited by: Eva Meyer-Hermann Texts by: Eva Meyer-Hermann Contributions: Verena Dengler, Max Hollein, Roberto Ohrt, Cord Riechelmann English 2023, 464 Pages, 400 Ills. Hardcover 290mm x 258mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-5088-2
| "As a politically thinking person, I am not a morally thinking person.”

While German painting of the postwar period mostly concerned itself with coming to terms with the past and presenting it in gestures ranging from the heroic to the ironic, Daniel Richter focuses on positioning himself in the present. Time and again he devises new ways of being “modern” in a medium that has long been labeled old-fashioned. His pictures consistently challenge the spectator through their painterly and contextually excessive demands, but they do not lecture on moral issues. For the first time, Eva Meyer-Hermann traces the chronological development of Richter’s oeuvre across more than 200 examples of his work. The turns from abstraction to figuration and back again that until now have been described as abrupt, prove on closer examination to be a logical consequence and a sign of conscious artistic action.

This book is also available in German.

DANIEL RICHTER (*1962, Eutin, Schleswig-Holstein) has been one of the most significant and internationally renowned painters of his generation for more than twenty years. His beginnings in the autonomous left-wing underground and studies with Werner Büttner at the Hochschule für bildenden Künste in Hamburg contributed to his reputation, as has his eloquent public presence.