Gerhard Richter: Painting After All

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

04 March 2020 – 05 July 2020

Küchenstuhl
Kitchen Chair

1965 100 cm x 80 cm Catalogue Raisonné: 97

Oil on canvas

The painting Kitchen Chair depicts a simple wooden chair stood in front of a light-coloured wall. The dark floor contrasts against the wall, upon which a strong light from the right-hand side casts the chair's shadow.

Kitchen Chair is the first of three paintings Richter produced in 1965 depicting chairs [CR: 97–99]. The source photograph of the painting was taken by Richter himself: "This was a chair I owned and photographed. It was part of my search for banal objects – the chair itself, the table, the toilet roll. Although the great majority of the photo-paintings are based on photos which came from outside sources, this was one I took myself."1

The original square-format photograph (included in Atlas [Sheet: 11], Richter's collection of source images) shows that the chair is located next to a door, a details that Richter omitted in the painting. Whereas in the source image the chair is lit by a beam of light, contrasting against its dark surroundings, in the painting the light colours of the wall dominate.

The painting Kitchen Chair joins other early works by the artist that take banal everyday objects as subjects, in the tradition of Pop Art. Painting after models, as Richter does in Folding Dryer [CR: 4], Toilet Paper [CR: 75/1-3] and Small Chair [CR: 99], restricts the artist's creative process and therefore moves the focus onto the painterly quality of the pictures.

1 Comments on some works, 1991 in: Gerhard Richter: Text. Writings, Interviews and Letters 1961–2007, Thames & Hudson, London, 2009, p.261/262.

Notes prepared by editorial team

Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen, Germany



This artwork is based on an image included in Atlas:

This artwork was shown in the following exhibitions:

This artwork is included in the following publications:

Title Author Date

Publisher

The National Gallery in Prague, Prague (2017)

Details

Softcover, 205 pages

ISBN

9788070356463

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 56 
Illustrated: p. 57 (colour) 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter Elger, Dietmar / Fajt, Jiří   2017

Publisher

Hirmer Verlag, München (2017)

Editor

Schreier, Christoph / Kunstmuseum Bonn

Details

Softcover, 128 pages

ISBN

9783777428970

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 114 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter: Über Malen / Frühe Bilder   2017

Publisher

Distanz, Berlin (2014)

Details

Hardback, 207 pages

ISBN

9783954760619

Language

German

Category

Monographs

Notes

 

 

ArtworkMentioned: p. 29 

This monograph was published on the occasion of the following exhibition: Erika Kiffl - Von Ai Weiwei bis Gerhard Richter.

 

 

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Erika Kiffl. Fotografie 1964-2014 Bachér, Ingrid / Buschmann, Renate / Elger, Dietmar / Fleck, Robert / Jansen, Gregor / Lohe, Hans-Georg / Mattern, Jutta / Merten, Ulrike / Sondermann, Vanessa / Stecker, Raimund / Wiese, Stephan von / Wismer, Beat  2014

Publisher

Kerber, Bielefeld (2012)

Details

Hardback, 144 pages

ISBN

9783866786868

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 15, 72 
Illustrated: p. 14 (colour) 

Exhibitions

Aufbruch Realismus. Die neue Wirklichkeit im Bild nach '68 Gundel, Marc / Eiber, Christina / Eiermann, Wolf / Fleischer, Martina / Gniffke, Vera / Keil, Robert  2012

Publisher

Tate Publishing, London (2011)

Details

Softcover, 288 pages

ISBN

1854379453

ISBN

978-1854379450

Language

English, English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 38, 41, 248 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter: Panorama: A Retrospective Godfrey, Mark / Serota, Nicholas / Brill, Dorothée / Morineau, Camille / Borchardt-Hume, Achim / Dickson, Amy / Haidu, Rachel / Mehring, Christine  2011

Publisher

Hirmer Verlag, München (2011)

Details

Hardback, 214 pages

ISBN

9783777434513

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 194, 208 
Illustrated: pp. 117, 194 (colour) 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter. Bilder einer Epoche was published on the occasion of the exhibition at Bucerius Kunstforum in Hamburg in 2011. Both the exhibition and the catalogue focus on Richter’s paintings of the 1960s

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Gerhard Richter. Bilder einer Epoche Schneede, Uwe M. / Butin, Hubertus / Elger, Dietmar / Rübel, Dietmar / Westheider, Ortrud  2011

Publisher

Hirmer Publishers, Munich copublished by Heni Publishing, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY and Paris (2011)

Details

Hardback, 214 pages

ISBN

9783777450018

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 208 
Illustrated: pp. 117, 194 (colour) 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter. Images of an Era was published on the occasion of the exhibition at Bucerius Kunstforum in Hamburg in 2011. Both the exhibition and the catalogue focus on Richter’s paintings of the 1960s

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Gerhard Richter. Images of an Era Schneede, Uwe M. / Butin, Hubertus / Elger, Dietmar / Rübel, Dietmar / Westheider, Ortrud  2011

Publisher

University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL (2009)

Details

Hardback, 408 pages

ISBN

9780226203232

Language

English

Category

Monographs
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 99, 117, 126, 363 

Gerhard Richter has been widely regarded as a publicity shy artist. However, the biography Gerhard Richter. A Life in Painting gives an insight into Richter’s personal history as well as into the development of his artistic œuvre

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Gerhard Richter. A Life in Painting Elger, Dietmar  2009

Publisher

DuMont, Köln (2008)

Details

Softcover, 415 pages

ISBN

9783832190651

Language

German

Category

Monographs

Notes

Corrected and extended new edition.

ArtworkMentioned: pp. 63, 119, 147 
Discussed: p. 144 

Gerhard Richter has been widely regarded as a publicity shy artist. However, the biography Gerhard Richter, Maler gives an insight into Richter’s personal history as well as into the development of his artistic œuvre

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Gerhard Richter, Maler Elger, Dietmar  2008

Publisher

DuMont, Köln (2008)

Details

Hardback, 88 pages

ISBN

3832190511

Language

German

Category

Monographs
ArtworkMentioned: p. 12 

Inside the Studio. Erika Kiffl fotografiert Gerhard Richter presents two photographical series that show Richter in his studio. In 1967 a first series was taken in his studio Fürstenwall in Düsseldorf

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Inside the Studio. Erika Kiffl fotografiert Gerhard Richter Kiffl, Erika / Buschmann, Renate / Marzona, Daniel / Elger, Dietmar / Mai, Ekkehard  2008

Publisher

Thames & Hudson, London (2004)

Details

Softcover, 304 pages

ISBN

9780500284711

Language

English

Category

Monographs
ArtworkMentioned: p. 47 
New Art in the 60s and 70s: Redefining Reality Anne Rorimer  2004

Publisher

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2003)

Details

Softcover, 336 pages

ISBN

0870703552

Language

English

Category

Monographs
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 44, 53, 61 
Illustrated: p. 22 (b/w) 

Gerhard Richter is widely recognized as one of the most significant painters working today, and he is certainly among the most influential. He has worked in a wide range of media since the early 1960s

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Gerhard Richter. Doubt and Belief in Painting Storr, Robert  2003

Publisher

DuMont, Köln (2002)

Details

Hardback, 420 pages

ISBN

9783832158484

Language

German

Category

Monographs
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 66, 158, 163 

Gerhard Richter has been widely regarded as a publicity shy artist. However, the biography Gerhard Richter, Maler gives an insight into Richter’s personal history as well as into the development of his artistic œuvre

...
More Details
Gerhard Richter, Maler Elger, Dietmar  2002

Publisher

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2002)

Details

Hardback, Softcover, 340 pages

ISBN

189102437X

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 29, 37, 42 
Illustrated: p. 114 (colour) 

Exhibitions

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Gerhard Richter. 40 Years of Painting at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, this publication represents a broad range of Gerhard Richter's paintings of the last 40 years

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Gerhard Richter. Forty Years of Painting Storr, Robert  2002

Publisher

Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit (2002)

Details

Hardback, 340 pages

ISBN

9783775711692

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 27, 34, 40 
Illustrated: p. 114 (colour) 

Exhibitions

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Gerhard Richter. 40 Years of Painting at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, this publication represents a broad range of Gerhard Richter's paintings of the last 40 years

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Gerhard Richter. Malerei Storr, Robert  2002

Publisher

Tate Publishing, London (1991)

Details

144 pages

ISBN

9781854370846

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 12, 126 
Illustrated: p. 48 (colour) 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter Rainbird, Sean / Severne, Judith  1991

Publisher

Tyne International, Newcastle upon Tyne (1990)

Details

Softcover, 136 pages

ISBN

0951605704

Language

English

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkIllustrated: p. 28 (b/w) 

Exhibitions

A New Necessity. First Tyne International was published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition in Newcastle upon Tyne

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A New Necessity. First Tyne International Exhibition of Contemporary Art McGonagle, Declan / McEvilley, Thomas / Herbert, Simon / Bird, Jon  1990

Publisher

Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1989)

Details

Softcover, 166 pages

ISBN

9069180464

Languages

Dutch, English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 20, 21 
Illustrated: p. 20 (b/w) 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter 1988/89 Schampers, Karel / Tilroe, Anna / Buchloh, Benjamin H. D.  1989
Gerhard Richter. Bilder = Paintings 1962 - 1985 Harten, Jürgen / Hering, Karl-Heinz / Honisch, Dieter / Loock, Ulrich / Ronte, Dieter / Elger, Dietmar  1986

Publisher

The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (1980)

Details

Softcover, 164 pages

Languages

English, French

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned 
Illustrated (b/w) 

Exhibitions

Forms of Realism Today. Federal Republic of Germany = Formes du Réalisme aujourd'hui. République Fédérale d'Allemagne Grochowiak, Thomas  1980

Publisher

Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary (1980)

Details

Softcover, 164 pages

Languages

English, French

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkIllustrated (b/w) 

Exhibitions

Forms of Realism Today. Federal Republic of Germany = Formes du Réalisme aujourd'hui. République Fédérale d'Allemagne Grochowiak, Thomas  1980

Publisher

Fondation nationale des arts graphiques et plastiques, Paris (1977)

Details

Softcover, 104 pages

Language

French

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkIllustrated (b/w) 

Exhibitions

Biennale de Paris. Une anthologie, 1959-1967 Boudaille, Georges / Millet, Catherine / Faucheux, Pierre  1977

Publisher

Museum Folkwang, Essen (1972)

Details

Hardback, 154 pages

Languages

Italian, German, English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: pp. 14, 38 
Illustrated: p. 48 (b/w) 

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter. 36. Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione tedesco = 36. Biennale in Venedig, Deutscher Pavilion = 36. Biennale in Venice, German Pavilion Honisch, Dieter / Helms, Dietrich / Honnef, Klaus / Ohff, Heinz / Dienst, Rolf Gunther / Schön, Rolf / Polke, Sigmar  1972

Publisher

Bongers, Recklinghausen (1970)

Details

Softcover, 140 pages

Languages

German, Danish, Norwegian

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned 
Illustrated (b/w) 

Exhibitions

40 tyske under 40 = 40 Deutsche unter 40 Schröder, Anneliese / Grochowiak, Thomas  1970

Publisher

Städtische Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen (1968)

Details

Softcover, 48 pages

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 48 
Illustrated: p. 40 (b/w) 

Exhibitions

20 Jahre Kunstpreis junger Westen der Stadt Recklinghausen Grochowiak, Thomas  1968

Publisher

Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (1968)

Details

Softcover, 41 pages

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned 

Exhibitions

V. Biennale Paris. Die jungen Deutschen Grochowiak, Thomas  1968

Publisher

Bongers, Recklinghausen (1967)

Details

Softcover, 40 pages

Languages

German, French

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 5 

Exhibitions

Cinquiéme Biennale de Paris. République Fédéralre Allemande Grochowiak, Thomas  1967

Publisher

Musée d'Art Moderne de Ville de Paris, Paris (1967)

Details

Softcover, 290 pages

Language

French

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. 27 

Exhibitions

5. Biennale de Paris. Manifestation Biennale et Internationle des Jeunes Artistes Moulin, Raoul-Jean  1967

Publisher

Städtisches Museum, Trier (1965)

Details

Softcover, 4 pages

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
ArtworkMentioned: p. inside back cover 

Exhibitions

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