Gerhard Richter German, b. 1932
Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden in 1932, growing up in Nazi Germany. In the early 1950s, he trained in Socialist Realist painting at the Kunstakademie in Dresden, before moving to Düsseldorf to study avant-garde art at the Kunstakademie. Alongside contemporaries Polke and Fischer-Leug, Richter founded Capitalist Realism, Fluxus movement, and Happenings.
Borrowing pictures from newspapers or personal family photographs, Richter uses mechanical projection and painting to transform these ‘realities’ into abstractions, speculating on the idea of Truth, and the authority that our culture automatically assigns to the media. The artist’s unusual variety of techniques can involve physically tilting a canvas, dragging the paint across with squeegees, or heavy layerd and scraping. Illustrating ideas of predetermination and chance, each work exists through a combination of deliberate planning, as well as the random effect of outside elements.
He currently lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
Redefining Paint: Germany and Austria since 19709 Feb - 1 May 2015 LondonOmer Tiroche Contemporary Art is proud to present its inaugural exhibition at the new Mayfair premises. Bringing together eight German and Austrian Post-War and Contemporary artists, the selected works range from the early 1970s to 2008, and feature patriarchs of the New European Painting School: Gerhard Richter’s squeegee curlicues are...