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Exhibition of new paintings by Gerhard Richter opens at Albertinum in Dresden
German artist Gerhard Richter gestures in front of his painting "Abstract Painting (946-3)" during a press conference before the opening of the new exhibition "Gerhard Richter, New Paintings" of the Gerhard Richter Archive at Albertinum in Dresden, eastern Germany, on May 19, 2017. On the occasion of his 85th birthday, the Gerhard Richter Archive of the Dresden State Art Collections is holding an exhibition from 20 May to 27 August 2017 with new paintings by the artist. Initially, most of his works were already exhibited in Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Now the paintings, supplemented with seven recently created works, will almost all be exhibited in the Albertinum. ROBERT MICHAEL / AFP.


DRESDEN.- Gerhard Richter (*1932 in Dresden) is one of the most significant contemporary artists. His work covers a period of more than five decades. On the occasion of his 85th birthday, the Gerhard Richter Archive of the Dresden State Art Collections is holding an exhibition from 20 May to 27 August 2017 with new paintings by the artist. Initially, most of his works were already exhibited in Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Now the paintings, supplemented with seven recently created works, will almost all be exhibited in the Albertinum.

The new “Abstrakten Bilder” [Abstract Paintings] since 2015 are strikingly different from the work created five years before, with its reserved and delicately modulated surfaces. The 32 paintings in total tie in with the works from the late 1980s and impress with their vibrant and fragmented multitude of colouration. In addition to his brush and squeegee, Richter also uses a knife to scratch animated traces into the surface of the image and reveals the multiple layers of oil paint by stripping it all the way back to the layers underneath. This process reminds us of the “Abstrakten Bilder” [Abstract Paintings] created around 1990. However, Richter no longer uses the knife in parallel, vertical tracks, instead, he uses free, gestural movements across the canvas.

These works differ from all the other “Abstrakten Bilder” [Abstract Paintings] in their pictorial gesture and signify a new dynamic pictorial beginning.

Gerhard Richter is connected to the Dresden State Art Collections and his birthplace of Dresden in a unique way through the archive, which was founded here and named after him. The artist repeatedly expresses this connection with special exhibitions. An extensive group of new STRIP paintings and works behind glass already had their premiere here in Dresden in 2013. Two years later, Gerhard Richter was presenting his Birkenau cycle in the Albertinum to the public for the first time.

As the most important research project of the Gerhard Richter Archive, the work is held in the catalogue of works (Catalogue Raisonné) of all paintings and sculptures by Gerhard Richter. After the publication of volumes 1, 3 and 4 (2011 to 2015), the second of a total of six volumes will be published for the exhibition by the Hatje Cantz Verlag.

Gerhard Richter Catalogue Raisonné. Volume 2 No. 199-388 1968-1976, edited by Dietmar Elger, text(s) by Dietmar Elger, German, English, 2017. 656 pages, 715 Abb., Hatje Cantz Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7757-1979-7, 248.00 EUR.






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