Gerhard Richter at the Gagosian

Gerhard Richter at the Gagosian
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How many visitors pass daily in front of a given location? The German painter Gerhard Richter tried to narrate this flow using various colours of paint, using white screens to indicate just a few people inside a gallery, and brilliant and audacious colours to represent their increase. The works of Museum Visit - the largest series of photo-paintings by Richter comprised of over two-hundred individual images - are part of the exhibition Gerhard Richter. Overpainted Photographs, on display at the Gagosian Gallery. In other series, such as Urban Landscapes, Rural Landscapes and Firenze, Richter revealed specific details of views of nature and city streets, like the three photos taken on the banks of the Arno River in Florence. Over the course of his long and successful career, Richter increased the potential of the creation of images through a dialogue between old and new media. He began to paint photos in the mid-1980s, right in the moment in which the Neo-Conceptual artists of New York were involved in questions about the image itself and the German Neo-Expressionists were mostly focused the pure emotion of painting. Richter continued to connect these two lines of research to our times, examining their inherent tension as photographic technology became evermore pervasive. Unlike his photographic portraits of the Sixties, the works in this exhibition maintain their status as printed photos, created with light rather than by the hand of the artist. They take on new life with painting, fusing photographic reproduction with abstract materiality.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London