Gerhard Richter A Life in Painting

ISBN: 9780226203232
Artist(s): Gerhard Richter
Author(s): Dietmar Elger
Format: hardback
Year published: 2002
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 468
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout.


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Written with full access to Richter and his archives, this fascinating book offers unprecedented insight into his life and work. Elger explores Richter’s childhood in Nazi Germany; his years as a student and mural painter in communist East Germany; his time in the West during the turbulent 1960s and ’70s, when student protests, political strife, and violence tore the Federal Republic of Germany apart; and, his rise to international acclaim during the 1980s and beyond. Richter has always been a difficult personality to parse, and the seemingly contradictory strands of his artistic practice have frustrated and sometimes confounded critics. But the extensive interviews on which this book is based disclose a Richter who is far more candid and vivid than ever before. The result is a book that will be the foundational portrait of this artist and his profoundly influential oeuvre.

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