Gerhard Richter, ‘Wald’, 2005, Fondation Beyeler

About Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter is known for a prolific and stylistically varied exploration of the medium of painting, often incorporating and exploring the visual effects of photography. “I like everything that has no style: dictionaries, photographs, nature, myself and my paintings,” he says. “Because style is violent, and I am not violent.” In the early 1960s, Richter began to create large-scale photorealist copies of black-and-white photographs rendered in a range of grays, and innovated a blurred effect (sometimes deemed “photographic impressionism”) in which portions of his compositions appear smeared or softened—paradoxically reproducing photographic effects and revealing his painterly hand. With heavily textured abstract gray monochromes, Richter introduced abstraction into his practice, and he has continued to move freely between figuration and abstraction, producing geometric “Colour Charts”, bold, gestural abstractions, and “Photo Paintings” of anything from nudes, flowers, and cars to landscapes, architecture, and scenes from Nazi history. Richter absorbed a range of influences, from Caspar David Friedrich and Roy Lichtenstein to Art Informel and Fluxus.

German, b. 1932, Dresden, Germany, based in Cologne, Germany

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
2014
GERHARD RICHTER Pictures/Series, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen
2013
Gerhard Richter: Tapestries, Gagosian, London

Solo Shows on Artsy

2014
GERHARD RICHTER Pictures/Series, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen
2013
Gerhard Richter: Tapestries, Gagosian, London

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
PREVIEW: Nach der Natur, Ludorff, Duesseldorf
2017
The supreme rifts…a measured propinquity, Marian Goodman Gallery, London
2016
Recent acquisitions Fall 2016, Ludorff, Duesseldorf
2016
Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
2016
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
Campaign for Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2015
International Pop, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
2014
Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
2014
Leeum Collection: Beyond Space, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
2014
Global Positioning Systems, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami
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