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"Gerhard Richter: Oil Painting and Photography"
2001-04-07 until 2001-05-27
ARKEN Museum of Modern Art
Ishoj, , DK Denmark

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.

IMAGE:
GERHARD RICHTER
Betty, 1991
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) Stuttgart


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