Blog Gerhard Richter: Abstractions

Gerhard Richter: Abstractions

Posted Aug. 21, 2018, 9:29 p.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground

Gerhard Richter: Abstractions

Prestel Publishing

 

With its telling title, there is not a whole left to the imagination as to what this beautifully illustrated and curated book zeros in on:

Gerhard Richter’s abstract emissions from the mid 1960ies to the current day with a well-balanced mix of prominent works but also artefacts from private collections and some pieces that have been undug and see the light of the public for the first day around.

It is interesting to explore how the book weaves its way from Richter’s first experiments with paintings, which consisted merely of grids or prime coloured squares and rectangles, via his grey and colour chart paintings, and sculptures to enlarged photographed patterns depicting what was dried on canvas after he let go of control, which is one of the methods that is dominant specifically in his abstract body of work.

After perusing the book I got a real sense of the richness of the material that was used and how imperfections become welcome features, adding another dimension and “je ne sais quoi” factor to the artworks that is nearly impossible to replicate without losing its authenticity and magic.

Now, if you are not familiar with Gerhard Richter and his oeuvre at large I’d probably recommend approaching him via a more mainstream take on his art, as the abstract aspect is only a mere half of what made him as an artist.

For the initiated enthusiasts, this book holds merit as it shows unreleased works and makes connections that are rarely highlighted in other releases on this subject, starting with the trajectory from Richter starting out as a realistic painter to the evolution of an abstract, experimental visionary, who never stopped questioning the status quo of painting, trends and the motivations behind it all – with his internal discourse taking the centre stage.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Water of Life - Flor de Caña Rum

Posted by T
Aug. 11, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

Water of Life - Flor de Caña Rum   Nicaragua is a blank spot on my world map. “Blank” as in it has yet to be visited, I am intrigued ... read more

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Stockade Brewing Co

Posted by T
Aug. 9, 2019, 9:18 a.m.

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Stockade Brewing Co   Stockade Brewing Co surprised me a bit as it seemed to have emerged out of nowhere. Further research revealed that ... read more

Yeezy and Kanye West - Season 3-4 Zine

Posted by T
Aug. 4, 2019, 2:58 p.m.

Yeezy and Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 – 4 Zine Thames & Hudson   The Yeezy phenomenon is one that ties in with the zeitgeist of artificially created hype and ... read more

Water of Life - Hernö

Posted by T
July 27, 2019, 10:58 a.m.

Water of Life - Hernö   One of the perks of roaming this earthround is that you get to try local spirits from the source. After a stint in Finland, ... read more

Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Modus Operandi

Posted by T
July 26, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Thus Let Es Drink Beer - Modus Operandi   My prayers for a great local, bold yet easily accessible IPA that ticks all the right boxes were answered with the ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.