Gerhard Richter. Tableau abstrait 825-II. 69 détails

Author Richter, Gerhard / Obrist, Hans Ulrich
Date 1996
Publisher L'Arche, Paris
Details Softcover, 69 pages
ISBN 2851813838
Language French

This work contains 69 different details of the surface of one abstract painting, photographed head-on. At first glance the fragmented topography suggests that Richter followed a specific plan, but the search for fixed coordinates or a sequence of the details leads nowhere. Each fragment almost fills the entire page, followed by a blank page, lending order to disorder.

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Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

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ISBN

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Category

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Notes

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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