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First biography of Gerhard Richter garners praise

March 16th, 2010

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter at the opening of his 1988 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Written with complete access to Gerhard Richter’s Archives, Dietmar Elger’s new book, Gerhard Richter: A Life in Painting was recently hailed by the Financial Times as a landmark text.

As Richter’s former assistant, Dietmar Elger, currently the main curator of the Galerie Neue Meister of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and head of the Gerhard Richter Archive, had the chance to delve into the personal stories and private archives of this influential German artist.

From the review:

Elger creates a splendid portrait of Germany’s postwar amnesia refracted through the prism of Richter’s rapid developments….he unravels a psychologically compelling story: how across the decades Richter’s art of restraint and non-commitment reaches its high points when he dared let flamboyance or emotion in by stealth.

The Art Gallery of Ontario has a long connection with Gerhard Richter, organizing his first North American retrospective in 1988, and, upon reopening in 2008, creating a room focussed on his art in the David and Vivian Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art.

Dietmar Elger will speak in Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario on Wednesday March 24th at 7pm (Doors Open @ 6:30pm).  This event is co-presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario and University of Chicago Press.

  • http://arts.allthingstuscany.com Alexandra

    I wish I could be there to hear his talk at the AGO! I love the new building and have happy memories of growing up in that museum. I’m convinced that being brought there in my stroller made me into an art historian.

    But now I live in Florence, Italy, where incidentally there is currently an exhibit on called “Gerhard Richter and the disappearance of the image”; it explores the influence of Richter on a number of contemporary artists who were invited to contribute works. I wrote a review here: http://ow.ly/1l5MF

  • http://arts.allthingstuscany.com Alexandra

    I wish I could be there to hear his talk at the AGO! I love the new building and have happy memories of growing up in that museum. I’m convinced that being brought there in my stroller made me into an art historian.

    But now I live in Florence, Italy, where incidentally there is currently an exhibit on called “Gerhard Richter and the disappearance of the image”; it explores the influence of Richter on a number of contemporary artists who were invited to contribute works. I wrote a review here: http://ow.ly/1l5MF