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Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting

Publisher: New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2002
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0870703579
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 112685



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine gray cloth-covered boards, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Paintings by Gerhard Richter. Foreword by Glenn D. Lowry. Edited, essay and an illustrated interview with Gerhard Richter by Robert Storr. Includes a chronology, bibliography and exhibition history. 336 pp. (including one 2-page gatefold), with 138 four-color and 165 duotone plates, and numerous additional color and black and white reference illustrations, beautifully printed on fine matt art paper in Germany by Dr. Cantz'sche Druckerai. 11-1/2 x 10-3/8 inches.


Fine in Fine dust jacket.


Published on the occasion of the 2002 exhibition Gerhard Richter: Forty Years Painting, curated by Robert Storr, at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (also traveling to The Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC). From the publisher: "Ranging from photo-based pictures to gestural abstraction, Gerhard Richter's diverse body of work calls into question many widely held attitudes about the inherent importance of stylistic consistency, the "natural" evolution of individual artistic sensibility, the spontaneous component of creativity, and the relationship of technological means and mass media imagery to traditional studio methods and formats. Unlike many of his peers, he has explored these issues through the medium of painting, challenging it to meet the demands posed by new forms of conceptual art. In every level of his varied output--from his austere photo-based realism of the early 60s, to his brightly colored gestural abstractions of the early 80s, to his startling cycle of black and white paintings of the Baader-Meinhof group--Richter has assumed a critical distance from vanguardists and conservatives alike regarding what painting should be. The result has been among the most convincing renewal of painting's vitality to be found in late 20th- and early 21st-century art. With an extensive and insightful critical essay by curator Robert Storr, a recent interview with the artist, a chronology, an exhibition history, and nearly 300 color and duotone reproductions, Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting marks a significant contribution to the understanding of contemporary art in general, and Gerhard Richter in particular."