Gerhard Richter. November

Author Richter, Gerhard / Schwarz, Dieter
Date 2013
Publisher Heni Publishing, London
Details Hardback, 72 pages
ISBN 9780956404114
Language English

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.

The following artworks are mentioned, discussed or illustrated in the book:

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