Gerhard Richter - Painting After All
A lavishly illustrated monograph that spans the entire career of one of the most celebrated contemporary artists
Over the course of his acclaimed 60-year career, Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) has employed both representation and abstraction as a means of reckoning with the legacy, collective memory, and national sensibility of post-Second World War Germany, in both broad and very personal terms. This handsomely designed book which accompanies and exhibition at the Met Breuer features approximately 100 of his key canvases, from photo paintings created in the early 1960s to portraits and later large-scale abstract series, as well as select works in glass.
New essays by eminent scholars address a variety of themes: Sheena Wagstaff evaluates the conceptual import of the artist's technique; Benjamin H. D. Buchloh discusses the poignant Birkenau paintings (2014); Peter Geimer explores the artist's enduring interest in photographic imagery; Briony Fer looks at Richter's family pictures against traditional painting genres and conventions; Brinda Kumar investigates the artist's engagement with landscape as a site of memory; Andre Rottmann considers the impact of randomization and chance on Richter's abstract works; and Hal Foster examines the glass and mirror works.
- Author: Sheena Wagstaff is Leonard A. Lauder Chairman in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Hardcover: 270 pages
- Date published: March 2020
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1588396853
- Dimensions: 26.7 x 24.1 cm