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Sep 22, 2020
| ISBN 9783791359922
Sep 18, 2018
| ISBN 9783791357454
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Sep 22, 2020 | ISBN 9783791359922
Sep 18, 2018 | ISBN 9783791357454
Now available in paperback, this book offers a unique survey of Gerhard Richter’s abstract works bringing together 80 paintings from collections worldwide.This book focuses solely on the abstract strategies and processes contained in Gerhard Richter’s body of work. In the early 1960s, the artist began to call painting into question, an exploration that continues to occupy him to this day. In the 1970s, he responded to the rejection of painting by creating a series of monochrome works in gray. Moreover, he viewed the color gray as a means of addressing political themes without depicting them in an idealized manner. In his Inpainting series of the 1970s, Richter made brushstrokes and the application of paint his subject. In other works, he photographed small details from his palette and transferred them onto large canvases in a photorealistic manner. In his color charts, he subjected painting to an objective process by leaving the arrangement of the colors to chance. Since 1976, Richter has created a series of abstract works by applying paint with a brush, scraper, and palette knife, alternating between conscious decision-making and random processes.
Located somewhere between Pop Art and Realism, Gerhard Richter’s abstract works are the subject of this unique book that brings together 80 works from collections worldwide.Trained in the 1950s as a realistic painter, by the mid-1970s Gerhard Richter began to evolve into a more abstract artist. His large, colorful paintings from that time exposed the process of painting as much as its creative aims. Focusing solely on Richter’s abstract work, this book features 80 works on canvas that represent the full range of the artist’s experiments away from representational painting. It includes his early works, which called painting itself into question and incorporated personal documents and newspaper images. Also examined here are Richter’s series of gray paintings from the 1970s–a reaffirmation of artistic purity; his “Inpainting” series, which made the application of paint and brushstrokes themselves the subject; his color chart paintings, which both neutralize and glorify painting’s most emotionally charged element: color. Also included are his later works in which he applied paint with a brush, scraper, and palette knife. Taken as a whole, these brilliant works reveal an artist consistently in dialogue with his work, and with the overarching artistic trends of the time.
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