For Decades, the Artist Gerhard Richter Has Plumbed the Depths of the German Soul in Increasingly Abstract Ways. See His Trajectory Here
While museums are closed to the public, we are spotlighting an inspiring exhibition somewhere around the globe each day.
While museums around the globe are closed to the public, we are spotlighting each day an inspiring exhibition that was previously on view. Even if you can’t see it in person, allow us to give you a virtual look.
“Gerhard Richter: Painting After All“
What the museum says: “Devoted to one of the greatest artists of our time, ‘Gerhard Richter: Painting After All’ considers the artist’s six-decade-long preoccupation with the dual means of representation and abstraction to explore the material, conceptual, and historical implications of painting. Spanning the entirety of Richter’s prolific and innovative career, the exhibition presents more than 100 works that focus on his specific commitment to the medium, as well as his related interests in photography, digital reproduction, and sculpture.”
Why it’s worth a look: As one of the hallmark exhibitions of the Met’s 150th anniversary lineup, this marks something of a swan song for the 88-year-old artist, and for the Met Breuer itself, which will soon be turned over to the Frick Collection during its renovation.
This is the first major US display Richter’s work in almost 20 years, and includes two series that haven’t ever been shown in the country. The series at first appear as total opposites: one is an homage to John Cage, the experimental composer who used chance to dictate his work; the other, titled “Birkenau,” is based on the only known photographs of the Nazi concentration camp, taken by prisoners within the walls. This duality is at the crux of Richter’s practice, where he works out his thoughts and feelings on broad issues of societal ills, politics, and cultural memory, just as he does with his own family and experiences.
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