Gerhard Richter. Books

Author Obrist, Hans Ulrich / Schwarz, Dieter / Richter, Gerhard / Elger, Dietmar
Date 2014
Publisher Gregory R. Miller & Co, New York, NY
Details Softcover, 112 pages
ISBN 9781941366011, 1941366015
Language English

Gerhard Richter. Books is the translation of the German book Gerhard Richter. Bücher, which was first published in 2013 and 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 layout of the books, which demonstrate a carefully conceived composition.

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Details

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ISBN

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English

Category

Artist's Books

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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

2013

Publisher

Walther König, Köln

Details

Hardback, 344 pages

ISBN

978-3863350420

Language

English

Category

Artist's Books

The artist's book War Cut, designed by Gerhard Richter focuses on Abstract Painting [CR: 648-2] of 1987, which is located at Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris.

In May 2002, Gerhard Richter took detailed photographs of the picture, in which dark colours dominate and whose rather rough appearance is striking.

Two years later, Richter takes the photographs up again for his book project War Cut. 216 close-up photographs are juxtaposed to 216 texts from the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung of 20th and 21th March 2003, the beginning of the Iraq War. Whereas Gerhard Richter assembles the pictures following aesthetical principles, the texts are mainly printed in their chronological order. The layout of the book follows a formal pattern: the photographs as well as the texts fill a space of 10 x 15 cm.

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Gerhard Richter. War Cut Richter, Gerhard 2013

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

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

Heni Publishing, London

Details

Hardback, 176 pages

ISBN

9780956404152

Language

English

Category

Artist's Books

This artist's book comprises of 84 reproductions of sketches taken from a notebook made between 2004 and 2009. Some sketches feature figurative motifs, human forms and faces, while others appear as purely abstract shapes, configurations and patterns.

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Gerhard Richter. Night Sketches Richter, Gerhard 2011

Issue

2010

Publisher

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

Details

Hardback, 96 pages

ISBN

9783865608192

Language

German

Category

Artist's Books
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Gerhard Richter’s artist's book Sindbad is dedicated to his series of reverse glass paintings of the same name. Here, the paintings are brought together with the story Sinbad the Sailor from Arabian Nights.

The abstract colour creations of the Sinbad series were originally arranged in pairs and the pattern is replicated with the images displayed in the book. Also, the size of the book corresponds to that of the original paintings, 30 x 24 cm. The high-gloss illustrations that recall the quality of the reverse glass paintings are interrupted by texts describing the voyages of Sinbad in regular intervals. The story’s introduction forms part of the book’s cover, as a partial sleeve.

When Gerhard Richter designed the book, he left the binding and the cardboard visible but completed it with a high-gloss sleeve that shows a modified detail from the Sinbad series.

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Gerhard Richter: Sindbad Richter, Gerhard 2010

Issue

2009

Publisher

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

Details

Softcover, 184 pages

ISBN

9783865606921

Language

English

Category

Artist's Books

Gerhard Richter dedicated this artist's book to the art historian Hans Ulrich Obrist who he has worked with for many years.

The book comprises of three main elements: photographs showing Hans Ulrich Obrist, partly painted over, and text fragments of interviews that Obrist conducted with Richter. These elements are juxtaposed with photographs showing details of Richter’s paintings, depicting predominantly pastose colour application or structures of paint.

Randomness appears to have played a part in how the three elements are arranged, and the text fragments have been positioned with the help of a random generator. There are two front covers on either side of the book, which encourage the reader to start from either side. In keeping with the principle of randomness and shifts in structure, the pictures and texts in the catalogue do not follow a consistent direction.

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Obrist - O'Brist Richter, Gerhard / Obrist, Hans Ulrich 2009

Issue

2008

Publisher

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

Details

Hardback, 395 pages

ISBN

9783865605030

Language

German

Category

Artist's Books

Gerhard Richter's artist's book Wald assembles 285 photographs that he has taken since 2005 in a deciduous forest close to Cologne. Almost all the photographs were taken during the autumn and winter months: the trees have dropped their leaves, and the terrain is often covered with dry foliage.

Gerhard Richter arranged the photographs into different types: photographs that focus on vertical tree trunks, on branches lying on the woodland’s ground, and on horizontally piled logs or on diagonally broken branches.

In contrast to the loose typology of the photographs, Gerhard Richter uses a random generator for the selection of the text. The text, deriving from Waldung - Magazin für Wald, Wandern, Wissen, No. 1/2006, a German magazine about forestry, becomes a senseless collage of words, which originally were connected to the topic forest within the magazine.
 

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Gerhard Richter. Wald Richter, Gerhard 2008

Issue

2005

Publisher

Paris Musées, Paris

Details

Hardback, 324 pages

ISBN

2879008646

Language

French

Category

Artist's Books

The artist's book War Cut, designed by Gerhard Richter focuses on Abstract Painting [CR: 648-2] of 1987, which is located at Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris.

In May 2002, Gerhard Richter took detailed photographs of the picture, in which dark colours dominate and whose rather rough appearance is striking.

Two years later, Richter takes the photographs up again for his book project War Cut. 216 close-up photographs are juxtaposed to 216 texts from the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung of 20th and 21st March 2003, the beginning of the Iraq War. Whereas Gerhard Richter assembles the pictures following aesthetical principles, the texts are mainly printed in their chronological order. The layout of the book follows a formal pattern: the photographs as well as the texts fill a space of 10 x 15 cm.

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Gerhard Richter. War Cut Richter, Gerhard / Pagé, Susanne / Obrist, Hans Ulrich 2005

Issue

2004

Publisher

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

Details

Hardback, 324 pages

ISBN

9783883757575

Language

English

Category

Artist's Books

The artist's book War Cut, designed by Gerhard Richter focuses on Abstract Painting [CR: 648-2] of 1987, which is located at Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris.

In May 2002, Gerhard Richter took detailed photographs of the picture, in which dark colours dominate and whose rather rough appearance is striking.

Two years later, Richter takes the photographs up again for his book project War Cut. 216 close-up photographs are juxtaposed to 216 texts from the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung of 20th and 21th March 2003, the beginning of the Iraq War. Whereas Gerhard Richter assembles the pictures following aesthetical principles, the texts are mainly printed in their chronological order. The layout of the book follows a formal pattern: the photographs as well as the texts fill a space of 10 x 15 cm.

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Gerhard Richter. War Cut Richter, Gerhard 2004

Issue

2004

Publisher

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

Details

Hardback, 324 pages

ISBN

3883757578

Language

German

Category

Artist's Books

The artist's book War Cut, designed by Gerhard Richter focuses on Abstract Painting [CR: 648-2] of 1987, which is located at Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris.

In May 2002, Gerhard Richter took detailed photographs of the picture, in which dark colours dominate and whose rather rough appearance is striking.

Two years later, Richter takes the photographs up again for his book project War Cut. 216 close-up photographs are juxtaposed to 216 texts from the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung of 20th and 21th March 2003, the beginning of the Iraq War. Whereas Gerhard Richter assembles the pictures following aesthetical principles, the texts are mainly printed in their chronological order. The layout of the book follows a formal pattern: the photographs as well as the texts fill a space of 10 x 15 cm.

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Gerhard Richter. War Cut Richter, Gerhard / Pagé, Susanne / Obrist, Hans Ulrich 2004

Issue

2002

Publisher

D.A.P., Distributed Art Publishers, New York, NY

Editor

Obrist, Hans Ulrich

Details

Hardback, 86 pages

ISBN

1891024558

Language

English, German, French

Category

Artist's Books

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Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 55 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils 14 Discussed: pp. 72-73, 78-79, 84-85
Illustrated: p. 21 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 23 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 22 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 27 (colour)
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Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 28 (colour)
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Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 29 (colour)
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Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 35 (colour)
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Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 44 (colour)
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Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 47 (colour)
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Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 48 (colour)
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Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 53 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 54 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 56 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 57 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 59 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 59 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 60 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 61 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 62 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 63 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 65 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils 77 Discussed: pp. 72-73, 78-79, 84-85
Illustrated: p. 66 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 60 (colour)

Gerhard Richter’s artist's book Sils is named after the Swiss village of the same name, which he visited regularly for many years. Richter has approached the Sils landscape from various angles with a series of overpainted photographs. The photographs are mostly arranged as pairs, and are entitled Fextal, Piz Lunghi, Piz Surlej, Piz Corvatsch or Silsersee after different places within the region. Owing to the overpainting and their orientation – some of them are printed upside down – it is difficult to recognise the different locations.

The book was first published on the occasion of a Gerhard Richter exhibition at Nietzsche-Haus in Sils in 1992, and has been reprinted repeatedly since.

Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, with a text by Peter André Bloch.

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Gerhard Richter: Sils Richter, Gerhard / Obrist, Hans Ulrich / Bloch, Peter André 2002

Issue

1998

Publisher

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln

Details

Softcover, 266 pages

ISBN

3883753386

Language

German, English

Category

Artist's Books

From the author's note to the 1980 Nova Scotia Press edition: "In the Summer of 1978 I took photographs of the surface of an oil sketch on canvas (78 x 52 cm, it had been previously exhibited in my exhibition "Pictures" at the Anna Leonowen's Gallery of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design). The photographs were taken from various sides, from various angles, various distances, and under different light conditions.

The resulting 128 photographs were organized in two versions: one, the sequential order that is presented here under the covers of a book, and a second version which is presented in grid-form (128 details from a picture II, 1978, 127 x 400 cm, photographs on board, framed, Collection Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld)".

 

Upon exhibiting the Halifax drawings twenty years later, Richter reworked these photographs anew, resulting in this book in which the images are beautifully printed, and presented sequentially (one to a page, recto only).

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Gerhard Richter. 128 Fotos von einem Bild (WVZ: 432-5) ; Halifax 1978 = 128 Details from a Picture Richter, Gerhard 1998

Issue

1996

Publisher

L'Arche, Paris

Details

Softcover, 69 pages

ISBN

2851813838

Language

French

Category

Artist's Books
Artwork
Gerhard Richter. Tableau abstrait 825-II. 69 détails 825-11 Mentioned: pp. Postface
Illustrated: p. Cover, Frontispiece, 1-69 (Details) (colour)
Gerhard Richter. Tableau abstrait 825-II. 69 détails 86 Mentioned: pp. Postface
Gerhard Richter. Tableau abstrait 825-II. 69 détails 56 Mentioned: pp. Postface
Gerhard Richter. Tableau abstrait 825-II. 69 détails 441 Mentioned: pp. Postface
Gerhard Richter. Tableau abstrait 825-II. 69 détails 452 Mentioned: pp. Postface
Gerhard Richter. Tableau abstrait 825-II. 69 détails 451 Mentioned: pp. Postface
Gerhard Richter. Tableau abstrait 825-II. 69 détails Mentioned: pp. Postface
Gerhard Richter. Tableau abstrait 825-II. 69 détails Mentioned: pp. Postface
Gerhard Richter. Tableau abstrait 825-II. 69 détails Mentioned: pp. Postface

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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Gerhard Richter. Tableau abstrait 825-II. 69 détails Richter, Gerhard / Obrist, Hans Ulrich 1996

Issue

1996

Publisher

Scalo, Zürich

Details

Hardback, 152 pages

ISBN

393114142X

Language

English

Category

Artist's Books
Artwork
Gerhard Richter. Abstract Painting 825-11. 69 Details 825-11 Mentioned: pp. Afterword
Illustrated: p. Cover, Frontispiece, 1-69 (Details) (colour)
Gerhard Richter. Abstract Painting 825-11. 69 Details 86 Mentioned: pp. Afterword
Gerhard Richter. Abstract Painting 825-11. 69 Details 452 Mentioned: pp. Afterword
Gerhard Richter. Abstract Painting 825-11. 69 Details 451 Mentioned: pp. Afterword
Gerhard Richter. Abstract Painting 825-11. 69 Details 56 Mentioned: pp. Afterword
Gerhard Richter. Abstract Painting 825-11. 69 Details 441 Mentioned: pp. Afterword
Gerhard Richter. Abstract Painting 825-11. 69 Details Mentioned: pp. Afterword
Gerhard Richter. Abstract Painting 825-11. 69 Details Mentioned: pp. Afterword
Gerhard Richter. Abstract Painting 825-11. 69 Details Mentioned: pp. Afterword

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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Gerhard Richter. Abstract Painting 825-11. 69 Details Richter, Gerhard / Obrist, Hans Ulrich 1996

Issue

1996

Publisher

Insel Verlag, Frankfurt a. M.

Details

Hardback, 69 pages

ISBN

3458168206

Language

German

Category

Artist's Books

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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Gerhard Richter. Abstraktes Bild 825-II. 69 Details Richter, Gerhard / Obrist, Hans Ulrich 1996

Issue

1992

Publisher

Oktagon, München

Editor

Obrist, Hans Ulrich

Details

Hardback, 86 pages

ISBN

3927789321

Language

English, German, French

Category

Artist's Books
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Gerhard Richter: Sils 14 Discussed: pp. 72-73, 78-79, 84-85
Illustrated: p. 21 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 23 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 22 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 27 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 27 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 28 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 28 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 29 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 29 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 30 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 30 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 31 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 32 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 32 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 35 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 34 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 36 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 36 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 38 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 39 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 40 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 40 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 41 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 41 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 42 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 42 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 44 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 45 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 46 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 47 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 47 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 48 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 49 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 50 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 51 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 52 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 53 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 54 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 55 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 56 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 57 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 59 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 59 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 60 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 61 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 62 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 63 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 65 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils 77 Discussed: pp. 72-73, 78-79, 84-85
Illustrated: p. 66 (colour)
Gerhard Richter: Sils Illustrated: p. 60 (colour)

Gerhard Richter’s artist's book Sils is named after the Swiss village of the same name, which he visited regularly for many years. Richter has approached the Sils landscape from various angles with a series of overpainted photographs. The photographs are mostly arranged as pairs, and are entitled Fextal, Piz Lunghi, Piz Surlej, Piz Corvatsch or Silsersee after different places within the region. Owing to the overpainting and their orientation – some of them are printed upside down – it is difficult to recognise the different locations.

The book was first published on the occasion of a Gerhard Richter exhibition at Nietzsche-Haus in Sils in 1992, and has been reprinted repeatedly since.

Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, with a text by Peter André Bloch.

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Gerhard Richter: Sils Richter, Gerhard / Obrist, Hans Ulrich / Bloch, Peter André 1992

Issue

1988

Publisher

Verein zur Förderung moderner Kunst e.V., Goslar

Details

Softcover, 24 pages

Language

German

Category

Artist's Books
Gerhard Richter. Träger des Goslarer Kaiserrings 1988 Honisch, Dieter 1988

Issue

1981

Publisher

Galleria Pieroni, Roma

Details

158 pages

Category

Artist's Books

Notes

Limited edition of 90 numbered copies

Gerhard Richter. Eis [1973/1981] Richter, Gerhard 1981

Issue

1980

Publisher

Galleria Pieroni, Rome

Details

Softcover, 12 pages

Language

Italian

Category

Artist's Books
Gerhard Richter Corà, Bruno 1980

Issue

1980

Publisher

Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax

Details

Softcover, 64 pages

ISBN

0919616194

Category

Artist's Books

From the author's note: "In the summer of 1978 I took photographs of the surface of an oil sketch on canvas (78 x 52 cm, it had been previously exhibited in my exhibition "Pictures" at the Anna Leonowen's Gallery of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design). The photographs were taken from various sides, from various angles, various distances, and under different light conditions.

The resulting 128 photographs were organized in two versions: one, the sequential order that is presented here under the covers of a book, and a second version which is presented in grid-form ("128 details from a picture II", 1978, 127 x 400 cm, photographs on board, framed , Collection Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld)".

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Gerhard Richter. 128 Details from a Picture, Halifax 1978 Richter, Gerhard 1980

Issue

1974

Publisher

Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach

Details

Special binding, 16 pages

Language

German

Category

Artist's Books

Notes

Exhibition catalogue in the form of a box made of light grey-brown cardboard, cover sprayed by Richter with grey anti-rust paint, with an untitled text by Johannes Cladders on a separate card insert, cardboard leporello with 12 illustrations, black offset print.

In an edition of 330 copies.

Artwork
Gerhard Richter. Graue Bilder 349-1
Gerhard Richter. Graue Bilder Cladders, Johannes 1974

Issue

1972

Publisher

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Utrecht

Details

Softcover, 144 pages

Language

Dutch

Category

Artist's Books

The catalogue Gerhard Richter. Atlas von de foto’s en schetsen was published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition in Utrecht.

 

The first publication of Atlas by Richter displays plates in black and white exclusively. Atlas is a collection of photographs, newspaper cuttings and sketches that the artist compiled and then arranged on single sheets beginning in the mid 1960s. The plates, which often contain templates for his paintings, reflect topics with which Richter deals artistically and privately.

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Gerhard Richter. Atlas van de foto's en schetsen Richter, Gerhard / Kotte, Wouter 1972

Issue

1970

Publisher

Museum Folkwang, Essen

Details

Softcover, 32 pages

Language

German

Category

Artist's Books
Artwork
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 306 Mentioned: pp. 3
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 1 Mentioned: pp. 2
Illustrated: p. 5 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 10 Illustrated: p. 11 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 11 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 12 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 12 Illustrated: p. 14 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 13 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 13 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 14 Discussed: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 15 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 15 Mentioned: pp. 2
Illustrated: p. 16 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 16 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 17 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 17 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 18 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 18 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 19 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 19 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 22 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 2 Mentioned: pp. 2
Illustrated: p. 6 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 20a2 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 21 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 20b3 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 20 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 23 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 23 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 24 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 24 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 25 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 28 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 26 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 26, 27 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 27 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 25 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 28 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 29 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 29 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 29 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 30 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 30 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 31 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 31 (colour)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 31b Mentioned: pp. 3
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 32 Illustrated: p. 32 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 5 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 7 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 6 Mentioned: pp. 3
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 7 Mentioned: pp. 2
Illustrated: p. 8 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 8 Mentioned: pp. 2
Illustrated: p. 9 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 9 Mentioned: pp. 2
Illustrated: p. 10 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 70 Mentioned: pp. 3
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 33 Illustrated: p. Cover (colour)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 20a1 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 21 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 20b2 Mentioned: pp. 3
Illustrated: p. 20 (b/w)
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 21a1 Mentioned: pp. 21
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 21a2 Mentioned: pp. 21
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 21b1 Mentioned: pp. 21
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 21b2 Mentioned: pp. 21
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 21b3 Mentioned: pp. 21
Gerhard Richter. Graphik 1965-1970 Honisch, Dieter 1970

Issue

1966

Publisher

Galerie h, Hannover

Details

Softcover, 20 pages

Language

German

Category

Artist's Books
Artwork
Polke / Richter 85 Illustrated: p. 15 (b/w)

Designed by Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter, this artist's book was published on the occasion of the exhibition held at the Gallery h, Hannover in 1966. The book comprises of biographies and exhibition indexes as well as private photographs staged by Richter and Polke, accompanied by text collages of Perry Rhodan novels, newspaper cuttings and artists' statements by both artists.

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Polke / Richter Richter, Gerhard / Polke, Sigmar 1966