solo show: gerhard richter

I hope everyone has an opportunity to stand in front of a work of art and be awe-struck. I have had a few such moments. This painting was one of them.


Gerhard Richter, Betty, 1988

I saw this painting as part of a larger Richter retrospective in 2002 at The Art Institute of Chicago. I stood in front of it for what may have been fifteen minutes. And then, after taking in the rest of the exhibition, I went back to it again. While many of the other “blurred” paintings were striking, this painting captivated me. It was much less obviously blurred and so wonderfully and beautifully soft. I was totally and utterly seduced. {Let’s just take a moment to take in the colour and pattern of that coat. Incredible.}

Gerhard Richter is a German artist most known for the above-shown blurred photorealistic style. His work spans sixty years and besides the blurred photographic style, he also has created large bodies of abstract paintings, painted over photographs, as well as personal archival installations.

GerhardRichter-family1964 GerhardRichter-collectorwithdog

GerhardRichter-Cloud GerhardRichter-Iceberg


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“Art is the highest form of hope.”

-Gerhard Richter, from Catalogue for Documenta 7, Kassel, 1982


{More on Gerhard Ritcher}


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