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1962-2013 Atlas Sheet:

Gerhard Richter's Atlas is a collection of photographs, newspaper cuttings and sketches that the artist has been assembling since the mid 1960s. A few years later, Richter started to arrange the materials on loose sheets of paper.
"In the beginning I tried to accommodate everything there that was somewhere between art and garbage and that somehow seemed important to me and a pity to throw away."1

At present, Atlas consists of 802 sheets. Spanning a period of almost four decades, the individual sheets reflect different phases of Richter's life and work:

Although Gerhard Richter had already begun collecting photographs and press cuttings, he started working on Atlas started in the early 1970s by arranging his own and other family photographs on paper.
Subsequent to these photographs, he included pictures taken from newspapers and magazines, some of which he used as source images for his 1960s photo paintings [e.g. Sheets: 5–15]. For the group of works 48 Portraits for example, sketches of how to hang the paintings can be found in addition to source images and installation views of the paintings at the Venice Biennale in 1972. [Sheets: 30–41]
Atlas offers insights into Richter's artistic practice and his way of creating imagery. The Atlas sheets allow one to track how first experiments with Holocaust photographs eventually let to Black, Red, Gold, executed in colour-coated glass; the piece was commissioned by the Deutsche Bundestag (German Government) [Sheets: 635–655].
However, photographs taken by the artist himself are the main focus of Atlas. Extensive series of landscapes, still lifes and family photographs were meticulously arranged on the sheets. Some of these photographs were later used as source images for paintings or were included in his artist's books, as can be seen Wald. The Atlas sheets 697–736 even include the complete layout of the artist's book War Cut from 2004.

Gerhard Richter's life and art interrelate in Atlas in a multilayered way: banal subjects such as a toilet roll [Sheet: 14] are juxtaposed with horrifying Holocaust images [Sheets: 16–20]; serial landscape pictures are lined up with intimate family photographs; colour samples attached to source images can be found as well as photographs showing museum installations. On the basis of its complexity and diversity, the importance of Atlas exceeds simple documentation, and Atlas is widely considered as an independent artwork.
 

Notes prepared by editorial team

 

1 Interview with Dieter Schwarz, 1999 in: Gerhard Richter: Text. Writings, Interviews and Letters 1961–2007, Thames & Hudson, London, 2009, p. 332

Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München,


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Title Author Date

Issue

01 January 2023

Publisher

Walther König, Köln

Editor

Kölle, Brigitte

Details

Hardback, 255 pages

ISBN

9783753304038

Language

German, English

Category

Group Exhibitions

Notes

Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Vija Celmins | Gerhard Richter: Double Vision”. Hamburger Kunsthalle, Galerie der Gegenwart, 12.5. - 27.8.2023.

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Double vision 2023

Issue

01 January 2023

Publisher

Heni Publishing, London

Details

Hardback, 198 pages

ISBN

9781912122592

Language

English

Category

Monographs
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The Richter Interviews Obrist, Hans Ulrich / Richter, Gerhard 2023

Issue

01 January 2022

Publisher

MIT Press, Cambridge

Details

Softcover, 696 pages

ISBN

9780262543538

Language

English

Category

Monographs
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Gerhard Richter: Painting after the Subject of History Buchloh, Benjamin H. D. 2022

Issue

01 January 2021

Publisher

Walther König, Köln

Details

Hardback, 395 pages

ISBN

9783960983491

Language

German

Category

Monographs
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Foucaults Pendel und wir: Anlässlich einer Installation von Gerhard Richter Hagner, Michael 2021

Issue

01 January 2021

Publisher

Walther König, Köln

Details

Softcover, 108 pages

ISBN

9783960989578

Language

German

Category

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Gerhard Richter: Zwei graue Doppelspiegel für ein Pendel in Münster 2018 Schwarz, Dieter 2021

Issue

01 January 2020

Publisher

Walther König, Köln

Editor

Herzogenrath, Wulf

Details

Softcover, 111 pages

ISBN

9783960988281

Language

German, English

Category

Solo Exhibitions

Notes

Published on the occasion of the exhibition "Im Atelier Liebermann: Gerhard Richter: Atlas-Übersicht 1:2", at Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Max-Liebermann-Haus, Berlin, from 30 October 2020 - 3 January 2021.

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Im Atelier Liebermann: Gerhard Richter: Atlas-Übersicht 1:2 2020

Issue

01 January 2020

Publisher

Yale University Press, New Haven

Details

Hardback, 269 pages

ISBN

9781588396853

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions

Notes

This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition "Gerhard Richter: Painting After All", 4 March 2020 - 5 July 2020, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and 14 August 2020 - 19 January 2021, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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Gerhard Richter: Painting After All Wagstaff, Sheena / Buchloh, Benjamin H. D. 2020

Issue

01 January 2020

Publisher

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Editor

Pagé, Suzanne

Details

Softcover, 103 pages

ISBN

9782917217696

Language

French

Category

Collections
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Gerhard Richter: Les cahiers 2020

Issue

01 January 2019

Publisher

Heni Publishing, London

Details

Softcover, 176 pages

ISBN

9781912122240

Language

English

Category

Monographs

Notes

A series of seven interviews between art curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and visual artist Gerhard Richter.

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The Richter Interviews Obrist, Hans Ulrich / Richter, Gerhard 2019

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01 January 2019

Publisher

Hatje Cantz, Berlin

Editor

Stiftung Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

Details

Hardback, 225 pages

ISBN

978-3-7757-4560-4

Language

German

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Von Mougins nach Baden-Baden: Frieder Burda und die Kunst Schoog, Bernadette 2019

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RIHA Journal

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10 October 2018

Publisher

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München

ISBN

2190-3328

Language

English

Category

Online Publications
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(Dis)Figuration of Memory In, Around, and Beyond Gerhard Richter's Atlas: Between Photography, Abstraction, and the Mnemonic Construction Mesquita Duarte, Miguel 2018

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14 June 2018

Publisher

Walther König, Köln

Editor

Elger, Dietmar

Details

Hardback, 190 pages

ISBN

978-3-96098-273-9

Language

German

Category

Monographs

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Series 'Schriften des Gerhard Richter Archiv Dresden ; vol. 15'

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Wo Es war. Vier Briefe an Gerhard Richter Didi-Huberman, Georges 2018

Issue

30 January 2018

Publisher

University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis

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Softcover, 352 pages

ISBN

978-1-5179-0045-8

Language

English

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The Truth is Always Grey. A History of Modernist Painting Guerin, Frances 2018

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01 January 2015

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Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg

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Softcover, 209 pages

ISBN

9783826049514

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English

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Crisis and Collection. German Visual Memory Archives of the Twentieth Century McGonagill, Doris 2015

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01 January 2014

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Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern

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Hardback, 336 pages

ISBN

9783775739061, 3775739068

Language

German

Category

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01 January 2014

Publisher

Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg

Details

Softcover, 88 pages

ISBN

9783869845296

Language

German, English

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Gerhard Richter. Ausschnitt. Werke aus der Sammlung Böckmann = Detail. Paintings from the Böckmannn Collection Kraus, Eva / Nollert, Angelika / Fuchs, Caroline / Heyden, Thomas 2014

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01 January 2014

Publisher

Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern

Editor

Butin, Hubertus / Gronert, Stefan / Olbricht, Thomas

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Hardback, 337 pages

ISBN

9783775735193, 3775735194

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English

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01 January 2014

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Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern

Editor

Butin, Hubertus / Gronert, Stefan / Olbricht, Thomas

Details

Hardback, 337 pages

ISBN

9783775735186, 3775735186

Language

German

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Gerhard Richter: Editionen 1965-2013 Butin, Hubertus / Gronert, Stefan / Olbricht, Thomas 2014

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01 January 2013

Publisher

Verso, London

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Softcover, 282 pages

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9781781680940

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English

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Anywhere or Not at All. Philosophy of Contemporary Art Osborne, Peter 2013

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Engramma

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01 January 2012, No. 1

ISBN

1826-901X

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Italian

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01 January 2012

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Édition du Centre Pompidou, Paris

Editor

Godfrey, Mark / Serota, Nicholas / Brill, Dorothée / Morineau, Camille

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Godfrey, Mark / Serota, Nicholas / Brill, Dorothée / Morineau, Camille

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Hardback, 305 pages

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9783791351896

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01 January 2011

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Hardback, 214 pages

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9783777434513

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01 January 2011

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Hirmer Publishers, Munich copublished by Heni Publishing, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY and Paris

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Hardback, 214 pages

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9783777450018

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01 January 2011

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Marsilio, Venezia

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Softcover, 219 pages

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9788831711128

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Il bordo del mondo: La forma sguardo nella pittura di Gerhard Richter Garbin, Emanuele 2011

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01 January 2008

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MER. Paper Kunsthalle, Gent

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Softcover, 101 pages

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9789076979533

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01 January 2008

Publisher

St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis

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Herndon-Consagra, Francesca / Norton, Sydney

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Softcover, 148 pages

ISBN

9780891780908

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The Immediate Touch: German, Austrian, Swiss Drawings from Saint Louis Collections Benjamin, Brent R. / Clark, Robin / Eyerman, Charlotte / Lutz, Eric / Huremovic Schenkenberg, Tamara / Willhauck, Heidi 2008

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01 January 2008

Publisher

DuMont, Köln

Details

Softcover, 415 pages

ISBN

9783832190651

Language

German

Category

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Corrected and extended new edition.

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Gerhard Richter, Maler Elger, Dietmar 2008

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01 January 2005

Publisher

Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit / Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf

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Hardback, 96 pages

ISBN

9783775715836

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German, English

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Gerhard Richter: Editionen 1965-2004 Butin, Hubertus / Gronert, Stefan 2004

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01 January 2002

Publisher

Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit

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Softcover, 183 pages

ISBN

3775712682

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English, Italian

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L'immagine ritrovata: Pittura e fotografia dagli anni ottanta a oggi / The Image Regained: Painting and Photography from the Eighties to Today Franciollo, Marco / Grazioli, Elio / Schenini, Elio 2002

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01 January 2000

Publisher

Richter Verlag, Düsseldorf

Details

Hardback, 340 pages

ISBN

9783933807045

Language

English

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Gerhard Richter. Drawings 1964-1999. Catalogue Raisonné Schwarz, Dieter / Pelzer, Birgit 2000

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01 January 1999

Publisher

Gli Ori, Prato

Details

Softcover, 205 pages

ISBN

8887700079

Language

Italian, English

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Gerhard Richter Corà, Bruno / Buchloh, Benjamin H. D. / Chevrier, Jean Francois / Moscati, Italo 1999

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01 January 1999

Publisher

Abrams, New York, NY

Details

Softcover, 136 pages

ISBN

0810961954

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English

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Pop Impressions. Europe / USA. Prints and Multiples from the Museum of Modern Art Weitman, Wendy 1999

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October. Art, theory, criticism, politics

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01 January 1999, Vol. 88, p. 117 - 145

Publisher

MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

ISBN

0162-2870

Language

English

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Gerhard Richter's 'Atlas': The Anomic Archive Buchloh, Benjamin H. D. 1999

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01 January 1998

Publisher

Insel-Verlag, Frankfurt a. M.

Details

Softcover, 172 pages

ISBN

345833937X

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German

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Gerhard Richter, 18. Oktober 1977. Eine Kunst-Monographie Hemken, Kai-Uwe 1998

Issue

01 January 1996

Publisher

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Editor

Scott, Curtis R.

Details

Hardback, 91 pages

ISBN

0876331029

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English

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New Art on Paper 2: Acquired with Funds from the Hunt Manufacturing Co. 1989–1995 Chahroudi, Martha / Dackerman, Susan / Ittmann, John / Percy, Ann / Shoemaker, Innis Howe 1996

Issue

01 January 1991

Publisher

Tate Publishing, London

Details

144 pages

ISBN

9781854370846

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English

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Gerhard Richter Rainbird, Sean / Severne, Judith 1991

Issue

01 January 1990

Publisher

Galerie-Verein, München

Details

Hardback, Volume I (87), Volume II (253) pages

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions

Notes

Vol. 1: Bilder und Objekte in der Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst München
Vol. 2: Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik in der Staatlichen Graphischen Sammlung München

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Kunst ist Kunst ist Kunst. Der Galerie-Verein München, 1965-1990. Eine Auswahl der Sammlung in der Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst und in der Staatlichen Graphischen Sammlung Goedl, Monika / Sonnenburg, Hubertus F. von / Bischoff, Ulrich / Schulz-Hoffmann, Carla / Rein, Ingrid / Sattler, Katharina / Holler, Wolfgang / Falk, Tilman 1990

Issue

01 January 1987

Publisher

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

Details

Softcover, 10 pages

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions

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Catalogue to Richter's first solo exhibition in an American museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford as part of the Matrix exhibition series (August 23, 1987 - September 6, 1987). Organized by John Paoletti, the Richter show is 95th in the Matrix series.

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Gerhard Richter: Matrix 95 Paoletti, John 1987