Gerhard Richter: Ohne Farbe/Without Color

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Without Color presents an important group of paintings from Gerhard Richter's oeuvre: works without color--something upon which the painter ordinarily relies a great deal. The (non-) colors, black, white and gray have always played an important role in Richter's art. Spanning four decades, from the early 1960s to the present, the broad, fascinating spectrum of these colorless paintings ranges from representational works based on black-and-white photographs, to entirely abstract paintings. Richter needs no more ...
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Overview

Without Color presents an important group of paintings from Gerhard Richter's oeuvre: works without color--something upon which the painter ordinarily relies a great deal. The (non-) colors, black, white and gray have always played an important role in Richter's art. Spanning four decades, from the early 1960s to the present, the broad, fascinating spectrum of these colorless paintings ranges from representational works based on black-and-white photographs, to entirely abstract paintings. Richter needs no more than a palette of grays to create impressive works in the traditional genres of history painting, portraiture, landscape and still life. He explores the fundamental aspects of painting in images composed of streaks of gray, overpainting and monochromatic gray color fields. The outcome is a cross-section that incorporates everything painting can mean today--while focusing on the innermost essence of painting through the paradoxical renunciation of color.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783775715836
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH & Co KG
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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Gerhard Richter was born in 1932 in Dresden, Germany. Since the early 1960s he has emerged as one of the essential painters of the postwar period, pioneering photorealism with paintings made from found photographs (amateur snapshots, advertisements and book and magazine illustrations) and then from his own photographs. His work has also profoundly engaged with and influenced such genres as Pop and abstract art. A retrospective of Richter's work was shown in 2001 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition was one of the largest ever organized there for a living artist, and traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

Without color 8
Appropriations : Gerhard Richter's visual repertoire 24
Plates 39
Visual speculations : mirrors and glass in the work of Gerhard Richter 78
"Painting is colorful" : Gerhard Richter's color charts 86
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    a vein of art by major contemporary artist

    While Richter's art works without color may not have received the attention as his other works, they make up about one third of this major contemporary artist's work. 'The absence of color has become a leitmotif' of Richter's career of more than 40 years. The works without color are more than a contrast, like a shadow, alluding to primary works. For Richter, colorlessness has its own status and value. Richter remarks, 'Gray is the welcome and only possible equivalence for indifference, non-commitment, absence of opinion, absence of shape.' About 40 works of different shapes, sizes, and mediums in various shades of light and dark from a smoke-like gray to a dense, pitch, black with occasional flecks or limited hues of color illustrate Richter's regard of gray. One cannot understand Richter's place as one of the foremost contemporary artists nor his intents as an artist without taking into account this 'motif' of his art based on this regard.

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