Today’s post I want to dedicate to Gerhard Richter.
He is much likely THE most important German artist alive. Around here, nobody mentions him much anymore outwith the context of a new exhibition, as his work is widely known and every German is able to conjure up mental images of some of his famed oeuvre. Or at least they should be.
Almost sixty years of art, in a variety of styles and a depth of mastery unmatched, in his work he spans topics reaching from WWII to Bader-Meinhof to Holocaust, from photo-reality paintings to fabulous sea- and skyscapes, from tender portraits to abstracts and colour charts. His productivity is amazing. Really, he should be a household name everywhere.
Personally, I love his sea- and skyskapes best. I was lucky enough to see some of them in Hamburg Kunsthalle once and will never forget, how the sheer visual impact of those huge paintings, some of them three by two meters tall, floored me. Hardly ever have I come across something so beautiful. But I will give you an overview of his main directions, so you get a glimpse.