gerhard richter at the tate
11 October 2011 § Leave a comment
It would be rather superfluous to attempt a full review of this highly anticipated exhibition with so much having been written about it already. Everything that I have read is flattering, and with good reason, this is probably the best show of the year.
Here is a painter who examined the possibilities of painting, even when deeply unfashionable, and repeatedly revealed radically new ways to challenge assertions that painting was dead. He confronted Duchamp head on with his own ‘nude descending a staircase’ and blank panes of glass; he blurred photographs and used found imagery; he declined to use colour, then used it randomly in coloured squares or huge abstracts ; he got political and also claimed to say nothing. The Tate meanwhile guide us through his range of work and styles with great imagination and sympathy.
Tate Modern until 8 January 2012.
- Richter scales the heights (independent.co.uk)
- Gerhard Richter: Panorama, Tate Modern, review (telegraph.co.uk)