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Issue

2013

Publisher

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

Details

Softcover, 118 pages

ISBN

9783932264429

Language

German

Category

Artist's Books

Notes

Series 'Schriften des Gerhard Richter Archiv Dresden ; vol. 11'

Gerhard Richter. Bücher is the first publication that exclusively addresses Gerhard Richter’s artist’s books. Starting with a brief introduction to the history of the genre, Dieter Schwarz proceeds to analyse Richter’s diverse publications, which don’t necessarily stand out with extravagant covers, but are versatile in dealing with different subjects and their presentation. The aspect of reproduction and the processing of graphical material, which plays a crucial role in Richter’s works in general, can also be found in most of his books. Schwarz adjudges Eis and Wald a special status, as they are not derived from image details like War Cut or Patterns, but consist of independent series of pictures.

 

In the interview with Richter, Hans Ulrich Obrist, who also collaborated with him on a number of books, discusses the artist’s books chronologically and raises detailed questions about the development and context of all of Richter’s publications. The interviewer talks to Richter about his ideals and guiding principles in painting. Obrist is mainly interested in the structure and arrangement of the books, which demonstrate a carefully conceived composition.

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Gerhard Richter. Bücher Obrist, Hans Ulrich / Schwarz, Dieter / Richter, Gerhard / Elger, Dietmar 2013

Issue

2013

Publisher

Heni Publishing, London

Details

Hardback, 72 pages

ISBN

9780956404114

Language

English

Category

Artist's Books

Notes

Limited edition of 800 copies

Gerhard Richter produced November, a series of 54 works in ink, in 2008. These works were created using a variety of ways to manipulate the consistency of ink and its flow on highly absorbent paper. The ink permeated through the sheets creating two related images, one on the front and one on the back of each of the altogether 27 sheets. In some cases Richter also applied lacquer or pencil.

 

The artist had a complete set of facsimiles made so both sides of the 27 sheets could be viewed at the same time. However, the sequence of mirrored pairs of images is disrupted, as some of the motifs have been rotated by 180 degrees. The book displays the images of the pairs, one on the front and one on the back of each page and ends with an overview of all 54 works. Every page is dated, mainly in sequence of their production.

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Gerhard Richter. November Richter, Gerhard / Schwarz, Dieter 2013

Issue

2012

Publisher

Centre Pompidou, Paris / Heni Publishing, London / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

Details

Hardback, 487 pages

ISBN

9782844265777

Language

French

Category

Artist's Books

The artist's book documents Gerhard Richter’s experiment of taking an image of his original Abstract Painting [CR: 724-4] and dividing it vertically into strips: first 2, then 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, up to 4096 strips. This process (twelve stages of division) results in 8190 strips, each of which is the height of the original image. With each stage of division the strips become progressively thinner (a strip of the 12th division is 0.08 mm). Endless more divisions are possible, but they would soon only become visible by enlargement. Each strip is then mirrored and repeated, which results in patterns. The number of repetitions increases with each stage of division in order to make patterns of consistent size. The result of 238 listed patterns is published on 238 double page images.

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Gerhard Richter. Motifs. Division, miroir, répétition Richter, Gerhard 2012

Issue

2012

Publisher

Heni Publishing, London / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

Details

Hardback, 520 pages

ISBN

9783863351908

Language

English

Category

Artist's Books

The artist's book documents Gerhard Richter’s experiment of taking an image of his original Abstract Painting [CR: 724-4] and dividing it vertically into strips: first 2, then 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, up to 4096 strips. This process (twelve stages of division) results in 8190 strips, each of which is the height of the original image. With each stage of division the strips become progressively thinner (a strip of the 12th division is 0.08 mm). Endless more divisions are possible, but they would soon only become visible by enlargement. Each strip is then mirrored and repeated, which results in patterns. The number of repetitions increases with each stage of division in order to make patterns of consistent size. The result of 238 listed patterns is published on 238 double page images.

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Gerhard Richter. Patterns. Divided, Mirrored, Repeated Richter, Gerhard 2012

Issue

2012

Publisher

Heni Publishing, London / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln / Thames and Hudson, London

Details

Hardback, 487 pages

ISBN

9780500093726

Language

English

Category

Artist's Books

The artist's book documents Gerhard Richter’s experiment of taking an image of his original Abstract Painting [CR: 724-4] and dividing it vertically into strips: first 2, then 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, up to 4096 strips. This process (twelve stages of division) results in 8190 strips, each of which is the height of the original image. With each stage of division the strips become progressively thinner (a strip of the 12th division is 0.08 mm). Endless more divisions are possible, but they would soon only become visible by enlargement. Each strip is then mirrored and repeated, which results in patterns. The number of repetitions increases with each stage of division in order to make patterns of consistent size. The result of 238 listed patterns is published on 238 double page images.

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Gerhard Richter. Patterns. Divided, Mirrored, Repeated Richter, Gerhard 2012

Issue

2012

Publisher

Heni Publishing, London / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln distributed by Distributed Art Publishers (D. A. P.) New York, NY

Details

Hardback, 487 pages

ISBN

9781935202981

Language

English

Category

Artist's Books

The artist's book documents Gerhard Richter’s experiment of taking an image of his original Abstract Painting [CR: 724-4] and dividing it vertically into strips: first 2, then 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, up to 4096 strips. This process (twelve stages of division) results in 8190 strips, each of which is the height of the original image. With each stage of division the strips become progressively thinner (a strip of the 12th division is 0.08 mm). Endless more divisions are possible, but they would soon only become visible by enlargement. Each strip is then mirrored and repeated, which results in patterns. The number of repetitions increases with each stage of division in order to make patterns of consistent size. The result of 238 listed patterns is published on 238 double page images.

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Gerhard Richter. Patterns. Divided, Mirrored, Repeated Richter, Gerhard 2012

Issue

2011

Publisher

Heni Publishing, London / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

Details

Hardback, 452 pages

ISBN

9783865609410

Language

English

Category

Artist's Books

The artist's book documents Gerhard Richter’s experiment of taking an image of his original Abstract Painting [CR: 724-4] and dividing it vertically into strips: first 2, then 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, up to 4096 strips. This process (twelve stages of division) results in 8190 strips, each of which is the height of the original image. With each stage of division the strips become progressively thinner (a strip of the 12th division is 0.08 mm). Endless more divisions are possible, but they would soon only become visible by enlargement. Each strip is then mirrored and repeated, which results in patterns. The number of repetitions increases with each stage of division in order to make patterns of consistent size. The result of 221 listed patterns is published on 221 double page images. The book is published in a limited edition of 800 numbered copies, 50 of which are numbered with Roman numerals I–L. Copies nos. 1–200 are signed.
 

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Gerhard Richter. Patterns. Divided - Mirrored - Repeated Richter, Gerhard 2011

Issue

2011

Publisher

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

Details

Hardback, 142 pages

ISBN

9783865609243

Language

German

Category

Artist's Books

The artist's book Gerhard Richter. Eis shows photographs taken by Gerhard Richter on a trip to Greenland in 1972: snowy mountains, ice floes, the vastness of the sea laden with chunks of ice, unspoiled nature. Some of the motifs can be found in Richter’s subsequent work, e.g. Iceberg in Mist [CR: 496-1]. The photographs are juxtaposed with texts which are taken from the 1871 edition of the Brockhaus encyclopaedia and relate to Greenland.

The two covers are indicative of the book’s artistic design; inside, the texts have neither a beginning nor an end, and photographs and texts are partly printed upside down. It is noteworthy that the photographs and texts are always printed in the same size, 8.5 x 12.9 cm, an area which has sometimes been left blank.

The book affords the viewer the possibility to trace this subjective experience of Greenland’s ice in a visual way, completed by neutrally communicated knowledge from the encyclopaedia.
 

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Gerhard Richter. Eis Richter, Gerhard 2011