Publisher: Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 1996
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112500
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Heavy cloth, with debossed title stamped in black on cover, no dust jacket as issued. Paintings by Gerhard Richter. Edited and with a foreword by Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Essays (in English) by Birgit Pelzer and Guy Tosatto. Designed by Gerhard Richter and Gabriele Sabolewski. 156 pp. with 103 four-color plates, beautifully printed by Dr. Cantz'sche Druckerei, Ostfildern-Ruit. 8-5/8 x 6-3/4 inches.
From Gerhard Richter: "You must believe in what you do. You must be deeply committed in order to paint. Once you become obsessed your conviction becomes so deep that in the end you are able to believe that humanity can be transformed by painting. But once this passion abandons you, there is nothing left to do. At that point it is better to forget about it, for, deep down, painting is complete idiocy."
From the publisher: "Concerned with the relationship between painting and the technologically mediated image of photography, Gerhard Richter is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest living artists. With a brush that deftly and romantically captures abstract details and blurred newspaper images alike, he has transformed our understanding of art in the age of photographic reproduction and mass-media imagery...100 Pictures presents Richter's output from an intensive period of work between 1995-96. Though this period mainly saw the production of abstract works, it also begat a cycle of eight small-format paintings of an intimate, private nature, which portray his young wife Sabine as a Madonna-and-child. 100 Pictures is an extraordinary document of contemporary art."