Artist Rooms: Café des Artistes #18: Gerhard Richter

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27th April 2016 Join us from 6-8pm for a public discussion led by Dr Christian Weikop (ECA, University of Edinburgh) and Dr. Aline Guillermet (University of Essex).

About Gerard Richter

Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden, which after World War II became part of the German Democratic Republic. He left East Germany shortly before the Berlin Wall was built in 1962 and settled in Düsseldorf. He has since become one of the most successful and influential painters. During the 1960s and into the 1970s Richter’s work was primarily figurative but the realist tendency is always balanced by the care he takes to distance it from naturalism, by using photographs. He paints his images in shades of grey, or in black and white, and blurs and simplifies them by brushing over the wet paint. This arbitrary intervention also disassociates the work from the personal responses of the artist and makes it seem more abstract. In portraits such as ARTIST ROOMS’s Brigid Polk and Gilbert, George, there is a similar blurring effect. Since the 1970s Richter has made many purely abstract paintings which concentrate on the often dramatic reality of colour, brushstroke and texture, but these can sometimes reveal contrary existences beneath the final surface. The ARTIST ROOMS covers all aspects of the artist’s complex practice and includes unique works in many different media from the sculpture Two Sculptures for a Room by Palermo to the recent glass sculpture 11 Scheiben.

About Café des Artistes

Café des Artistes is a series of public discussion events focused on ARTIST ROOMS, a major collection of modern and contemporary art acquired through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay and now owned jointly by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland.The Cafés are organised by the ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership, which is led by the University of Edinburgh and directed by Professor Neil Cox.