Michael kimmelman profile of german painter gerhard richter richter, who will be subject of major retrospective at museum of modern art, comments the provocation was purely formal -- that i was making paintings like photographs ''i left my luggage in one of the storage lockers at the rail station.
What seems, at first glance, an op art abstraction thus turns out, when unpacked, to contain an entire disquisition on the meshing of the natural world (insects) with its synthetic reproductions both inherent (shell-reflections) and exterior ( scientific visual modelling) on the surfaces through which we look. Gerhard richter - one of the giants of post-war german art - is elusive, enigmatic and seemingly impossible to pin down they are all arranged in formal categories of shape and size, rather than thematically, leading to the uncomfortable juxtapositioning of bodies at auschwitz and pornographic images of.
Celebrated for the skill and innovation of his painting, gerhard richter is also one of the most astute critics of the very medium he masters in this lecture, daniel f herrmann, curator of special projects at the national gallery and head of curatorial studies at the whitechapel gallery, gives an overview of. Gerhard richter begins his portraits by projecting photographs on to canvas his subjects soon become ghosts.
The german gerhard richter explored the play between realism and abstraction while remaining skeptical of all grand artistic and philosophical credos this act of visual compression, in which photography, projection, and painting merge to make a finished art work, suggests that all vision is a kind of conversion of the. Gerhard richter is a german visual artist richter has produced abstract as well as photorealistic paintings, and also photographs and glass pieces in october 2012, richter's abstraktes bild set an auction record price for a painting by a living artist at $34 million (£21 million) this was exceeded in may 2013 when his 1968.