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GERHARD RICHTER: ABSTRACTION
Ortrud Westheider, Michael Phillips

Prestel, 2018
Hardcover
248 pages
Fully illustrated colour.
ISBN: 9783791357454

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This publication is the first to focus 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 colour gray as a means of addressing political themes without depicting them in an idealised manner. In his painting 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 colour charts, he subjected painting to an objective process by leaving the arrangement of the colours 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. AUTHORS: Ortrud Westheider is director of the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany. Michael Phillip is Chief Curator of the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany. 230 colour illustrations

 

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