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Gerhard Richter

January 9, 2011

This Monday, I’m celebrating Gerhard Richter’s sublime modernism.  Richter’s multi-step process begins with a photograph, taken by the artist himself, which is then projected upon canvas.  A replication of the original photograph is then rendered accurately in paint, but then “blurred” by the artist using a hard smear, a blurring of form by his brush, or a forceful tug of his squeegee across the picture plane.  The cumulative layers abstract the original image, leaving viewers touched by the time-freezing beauty found in Richter’s uncertain narratives.

Gerhard Richter


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