Gerhard Richter - Biography
Blurry copies of family portraits, overpainted photographs, abstract paintings, realistic depictions of nature, still lives, glass works, mirror objects – all that is “typically” Gerhard Richter; a progressive development however is by no means visible.
He keeps taking up different media, techniques and themes without adhering to a style that could be classified. For him it is about observing reality attentively and without bias. The work of the world's most successful living artist speaks of contradictions and discontinuity, yet it is held together by the search for a world beyond reality.
In 1986 he wrote that he did not want to “make anything up, no idea, no composition, no object, no form – and conserve everything: Composition, object, form, idea, image”. He drew his inspiration from very different styles and trends, from Pop Art to Expressionism, Dada and Fluxus, but also distanced himself from his artistic work and even burned his works in the courtyard of the Düsseldorf Art Academy.
Together with Sigmar Polke, Konrad Lueg and Manfred Kuttner he founded the group Capitalist Realism in the 1960s, attacking the social realism of the East and the consumer society of the West. Born in 1932 in Dresden, the German artist, sculptor and photographer began his studies at the University of Fine Arts in Dresden in 1951. Ten years later Gerhard Richter fled to Düsseldorf via West Berlin to continue his studies at the local art academy where he was appointed professor for painting in 1971 and taught until 1993.
Gerhard Richter - art awards
The sixfold participant of the documenta received an honorary doctorate degree, an honorary citizenship, numerous prizes and awards. Despite everything, the extremely self-critical artist still doubts his abilities.
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