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.

The full range of Richter’s genius is on show here – from delicate, yet iconoclastic, portraits of his family to the huge brightly coloured abstracts for which he has become most famous.

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.

I don’t need to say anything more except that this is a fine exhibition about the ‘world’s greatest living artist’ – and whatever you do don’t miss it!!

Tate Modern until 8 January 2012.

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