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"Gerhard Richter: Oil Painting and Photography"
2001-04-07 until 2001-05-27
ARKEN Museum of Modern Art
Gerhard Richter himself
has chosen the total of 27 pictures that comprises
a small retrospective exhibition at the museum.
The exhibition shows the German artist's unique
use of the two media that interest him the most:
Oil painting and photography.
Gerhard Richter is a master of the underplayed. The
German artist's portraits and landscapes are out of focus
and hazy, the colours are reduced to shades of grey or kept
in balanced ranges of colour. The works possess a
melancholy distance - an absence of intensity - which
paradoxically makes them seem convincing and accessible.
The distance and the delayed presence are not only the
marks of Richter's paintings but also of his artistic
strategy. Every one of his works is intertwined with his
previous works, with his personal history and with an
exploration of the medium he is using. No statement is
final, no work definitive. On the contrary, each individual
work both contains echoes from his earlier production and
casts shadows into future works.
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) Stuttgart
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