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Gerhard Richter: Painting After All

Wagstaff, Sheena, and Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, with essays by Briony Fer, Hal Foster, Peter Geimer, Brinda Kumar, and André Rottmann
270 pages
268 illustrations
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Over the course of his acclaimed 60-year career, Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) has employed both representation and abstraction as a means of reckoning with the legacy, collective memory, and national sensibility of post–WWII Germany, in both broad and very personal terms. This handsomely designed book spans the artist’s rich and varied oeuvre from the early 1960s to the present, including photo paintings, portraits, large-scale abstract series, and works on glass. Essays by leading experts on the artist illuminate Richter’s preoccupation with painting in relation to other modes of representation, and emphasize the ongoing importance of the medium’s formal and conceptual possibilities in contemporary art.

Babycakes with Weights, Edward Ruscha  American, Black-and-white offset printing
The Source of the Loue, Gustave Courbet  French, Oil on canvas

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Wagstaff, Sheena, B. H. D. Buchloh, Briony Fer, Hal Foster, Peter Geimer, Brinda Kumar, André Rottmann, et al., eds. 2020. Gerhard Richter: Painting after All. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.