Gerhard Richter: ohne Farbe
Without Color presents an important group of paintings from Gerhard Richter's oeuvre: works without color--something upon which the painter ordinarily relies a great deal. The (non-) colors, black, white and gray have always played an important role in Richter's art. Spanning four decades, from the early 1960s to the present, the broad, fascinating spectrum of these colorless paintings ranges from representational works based on black-and-white photographs, to entirely abstract paintings. Richter needs no more than a palette of grays to create impressive works in the traditional genres of history painting, portraiture, landscape and still life. He explores the fundamental aspects of painting in images composed of streaks of gray, overpainting and monochromatic gray color fields. The outcome is a cross-section that incorporates everything painting can mean today--while focusing on the innermost essence of painting through the paradoxical renunciation of color.
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