Gerhard Richter | About Painting | ITSLIQUID

Gerhard Richter | About Painting

Art | January 23, 2018 |

Gerhard Richter | About PaintingImage courtesy of S.M.A.K.

Gerhard Richter | About Painting
S.M.A.K., Gent (Belgium)
From 21 October 2017 to 18 February 2018

S.M.A.K. is presenting the first exhibition of work by Gerhard Richter in a Belgian museum since 1976. Richter is considered to be one of today’s most important artists and as one of the postwar renewers of painting. Eight previously unseen works from 2017 are to be shown together with works from the last 14 years – including landscapes, digital prints and abstract works – and grouped around the glass piece 7 Panes (House of Cards) (2013).

Gerhard Richter | About PaintingImage courtesy of S.M.A.K.

This arrangement echoes and carries forward the presentation of the early works from the 60s and 70s around his first work in glass, 4 Panes of Glass (1967). Showing works mainly from these two periods links together fundamental aspects of Richter’s work from the 60s with his present artistic practice. Richter has since the beginning used his oeuvre as a source of metaphors and structure for the creation of new work. It is for this reason that the exhibition is arranged chronologically; it becomes clear that each new work is a new visual solution that emerges from an existing work. In 4 Panes of Glass, which is jammed between the floor and the ceiling, Richter made painting three-dimensional. This underlines his conceptual approach to the medium at a time when conceptual and minimalist tendencies were coming increasingly to the fore.

Gerhard Richter | About PaintingImage courtesy of S.M.A.K.

In his early works, Richter marked out the foundations for his artistic method, fuelled by both chance and research, which remains relevant to his current art. Since his very first period, he has transcended the distinction between abstract and figurative painting that has developed over time. This applies to his paintings of curtains and windows in the 60s – including Curtain IV (1965) and Window (1968). Although these paintings derive their revealing nature from figurative art, they lack the illusion of real depth. Gerhard Richter makes use of the history of art and culture as a source for his questioning of painting, but also uses its materiality, its formal qualities and the way it relates to photography. This results in proof that a painting is not capable of representing or replacing reality.

Gerhard Richter | About PaintingImage courtesy of S.M.A.K.

The work 7 Panes (House of Cards) (2013) consists of seven sheets of glass which stand on their own in the room, leaning hesitantly against each other. They mirror and reflect the surrounding room and can be interpreted as an allusion to Richter’s entire oeuvre. The eight new works from 2017 which are now being shown for the first time were painted on canvases of various sizes, using vivid colours and in detailed layers. Richter used his paintbrush, a palette knife and a doctor blade to ‘sculpt’ the paintings. His years of experience enable him to create extremely complex compositions. His large- scale series called Silicate (2003) shows biological structures that are invisible to the human eye, photographed using a nano microscope. Strip (2013) is a series composed of digitally computed details of an existing painting which the artist printed and recombined. These recent works show Richter’s artistic application of the latest image technologies and reflect the technological progress between the 60s and the present, such as computerisation and virtual rotation.

more. smak.be

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


Marking Time: Process in Minimal…

Art | January 17, 2020

From December 18, 2019, through July 20, 2020, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction. Featuring a selection of nearly a dozen paintings and works on paper from the Guggenheim collection by Agnes Martin, Roman Opałka, Park Seo-Bo, and others, this presentation explores how artists operating in a variety of contexts foregrounded process as they forged new approaches to abstraction. Read more


CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE BODY…

Calls | January 13, 2020

ITSLIQUID GROUP, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca' Zanardi, is selecting all interesting photo, painting, video art, installation/sculpture and performance art works to include in the next exhibition THE BODY LANGUAGE - ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition 2020 that will be held in Venice during the period of Venice Carnival 2020 Read more


CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL…

Calls | January 6, 2020

Venice International Art Fair is a contemporary art fair that presents collective and solo projects by leading and emerging international artists. Founded in 2001 by ITSLIQUID Group the 12th edition will represent a forum for direct exchange of ideas and contacts between collectors, artists, photographers, designers and art professionals. The art fair features paintings, sculptures, photography art, installations, video art and live performance. Read more


Natalie Czech / Friederike Feldmann

Art | January 2, 2020

The double exhibition Natalie Czech / Friederike Feldmann brings together two artistic positions that deal specifically with pictorial and linguistic topics and question how meanings are created. The exhibition in the Maschinenhaus M2 at the KINDL - Centre for Contemporary Art brings selected series of the two artists’ works into a dialogical context. In her conceptual photographs, Natalie Czech develops new meanings in the aesthetic interweaving of different levels of text and image. The artist examines the interaction between linguistic and visual information and uncovers poetic potential. In the series Poems by Repetition (since 2017), Czech doubles or multiplies photographed objects and rearranges them, in some cases divided into individual segments. By repeating relevant parts of sentences and words, highlighting them in colour, or covering unimportant elements, she reveals minimalist poems-for example, in the lyrics of Beatles songs. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!