The Daily Practice of Painting: Writings 1960-1993

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Gerhard Richter, born in Dresden in 1932, is one of the foremost painters of his generation. A great deal has been written about the bewildering heterogeneity of his work over the past 30 years. His seemingly willful and defiant movement between abstract and figurative modes of representation and his seemingly inconsistent methods of applying paint to canvas are consistent, if nothing else, with Richter himself—the master of the paradoxical statement. Although he has emphasized that he is first a painter and has ...
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Overview

Gerhard Richter, born in Dresden in 1932, is one of the foremost painters of his generation. A great deal has been written about the bewildering heterogeneity of his work over the past 30 years. His seemingly willful and defiant movement between abstract and figurative modes of representation and his seemingly inconsistent methods of applying paint to canvas are consistent, if nothing else, with Richter himself—the master of the paradoxical statement. Although he has emphasized that he is first a painter and has never been a theorist, he has, throughout his career issued provocative, contentious, and memorable statements.

Over seven years in preparation, this book makes available a selection of Richter's texts from all periods of his career, many translated for the first time. There are public statements about specific exhibitions, private reflections drawn from personal correspondence, answers to questions posed by critics, and excerpts from journals discussing the intentions, subjects, methods, and sources of his works from various periods. The writings are accompanied by 87 biographical illustrations of paintings from the artist's personal collection.

Published in association with the Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London

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A collection of the German pop painter's notes, correspondence, journal entries, interviews, and public statements on exhibitions, much of it translated into English for the first time, chronicling all periods of his career and revealing his intentions, methods, and sources of his works. Includes numerous b&w photos from the artist's personal collection. Heavy paperback cover with inside flaps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780262680844
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/1995
  • Series: Writing Art Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Notes, 1962 11
Letter to a newsreel company, 29 April 1963 15
Programme and Report: the exhibition Leben mit Pop - eine Demonstration fur den Kapitalistischen Realismus, Dusseldorf, 11 October 1963 18
Notes, 1964 22
Poster text for the exhibition Klasen und Richter, Galerie Friedrich & Dahlem, Munich, 1964 26
Interview between John Anthony Thwaites and Gerhard Richter, written by Sigmar Polke, October 1964 26
Letter to Heiner Friedrich, 23 November 1964 28
Notes, 1964-1965 30
Text for exhibition catalogue, Galerie h, Hanover, 1966, written jointly with Sigmar Polke 39
Interview with Dieter Hulsmanns and Fridolin Reske, 1966 56
Notes, 1966 58
Interview with Rolf Gunther Dienst, 1970 60
Note, 1971 64
Interview with Peter Sager, 1972 66
Interview with Rolf Schon, 1972 71
Letters to Wulf Herzogenrath, 1972 76
Notes, 1973 78
Letter to Jean-Christophe Ammann, February 1973 78
Text for catalogue of group exhibition, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1974 81
From a letter to Edy de Wilde, 23 February 1975 82
Text for catalogue of Acht Kunstler - acht Raume, Monchengladbach, 1975 84
From a letter to Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, 23 May 1977 84
Answers to questions from Marlies Gruterich, 2 September 1977 88
Interview with Amine Haase, 1977 92
From a letter to Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, 29 September 1977 96
Notes, 1981 96
Text for catalogue of documenta 7, Kassel, 1982 100
Notes, 1982 101
Notes, 1983 101
Notes, 1984 106
Interview with Bruno Cora, 1984 111
Interview with Wolfgang Pehnt, 1984 112
Notes, 1985 118
Notes, 1986 124
Interview with Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, 1986 132
Text for catalogue Beuys zu Ehren, 1986 166
Notes, 1988 170
Notes for a press conference, November-December 1988 173
Notes, 1989 176
Conversation with Jan Thorn Prikker concerning the cycle 18 October 1977, 1989 183
Interview with Sabine Schutz, 1990 207
Notes, 1990 218
Letter to Werner Schmidt, 1990 222
Interview with Jonas Storsve, 1991 223
Interview with Doris von Drathen, 1992 231
Notes, 1992 242
Interview with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, 1993 251
Chronology 274
Select bibliography and list of sources 278
Index 283
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