On the occasion of Gerhard Richter’s 85th birthday, this exhibition catalogue presents 26 abstract pictures all produced in 2016.
Vibrant colours and differentiated, complex compositions characterise the new pictures, most of which are painted on canvas in a wide variety of formats.
The artist works on the pictures, built up on multiple layers of oil paint, with brush, spatula, scraper, and knife; his wealth of experience — also in incorporating chance into the process for creation — leads to highly detailed and extremely complex compositions.
Scepticism concerning the representability of reality and the question of the importance of the painted image are at the core of Richter’s work.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 9 February — 1 May 2017.