Gerhard Richter. Patterns. Divided, Mirrored, Repeated

Author Richter, Gerhard
Date 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

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.