The international artist and the most eminent chronicler of our time: 60 images by Gerhard Richter in dialogue with new texts by Alexander Kluge.
In the golden autumn of 2012 the national newspaper Die Welt stood still for a day, and as a symbol of its standstill a sleepy dog lay where the headlines normally loomed. What happened? Gerhard Richter, one of the most globally significant artists, had taken over and printed all 30 pages of the October 5, 2012 issue of Die Welt with his personal stamp: images from quiet moments in unquiet times, abolition of the primacy of politics, the private in place of the world-historical, but above all: artful contrasts between sharpness and softness.Alexander Kluge applauded the public performance of this unusual art action. Spontaneously, he added stories to the images. Gerhard Richter answered Kluge equally spontaneously with the proposal of a joint book. Richter delivered more images and Kluge more stories. Thus came about the second joint projectafter the bestseller Dezemberby the two artists: a book of contemporaneous, lived stories, as sharp as they are soft.
About the Author
Alexander Kluge is an author and filmmaker whose books include The Devil’s Blind Spot, Cinema Stories, Air Raid, and 30 April 1945, the last two published by Seagull Books. Gerhard Richter is perhaps the leading visual artist in the world and, with Kluge, coauthor of December, also published by Seagull Books. Nathaniel McBride is a writer and translator who lives in London.