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The Daily Practice of Painting
Gerhard Richter
026268084X
Dec 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
Gerhard Richter, born in Dresden in 1932, is one of the foremost painters of his generation. A great deal has been written about the bewildering heterogeneity of his work over the past 30 years. His seemingly willful and defiant movement between abstract and figurative modes of representation and his seemingly inconsistent methods of applying paint to canvas are consistent, if nothing else, with Richter himself -- the master of the paradoxical statement. Although he has emphasized that he is first a painter and has never been a theorist, he has, throughout his career issued provocative, contentious, and memorable statements.

Over seven years in preparation, this book makes available a selection of Richter's texts from all periods of his career, many translated for the first time. There are public...


Gerhard Richter
Gerhard Richter
1933045299
September 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Clothbound, 9.5 x 12 in./324 pgs / 106 color and 69 b&w.


Benjamin's Ghost
Gerhard Richter
0804741263
Apr 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The book explores the implications for today's critical concerns of the work of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). Although his writings are considered to be among the most powerful and suggestive theoretical enterprises of the twentieth century, his ideas are strangely resistant to cooptation by the established doctrines of various critical programs. The innovative essays gathered here engage this resistance by examining the notion of the ghostly in Benjamin's work. The contributors show that the urgent and haunting truths Benjamin offers point toward new forms of responsibility, even as they withdraw from straightforward meaning and transparent forms of expression. These truths reside in a figurative elsewhere, a ghostly space that his texts delimit but never fully inhabit, and these essays seek to do justice to the ghosts...


Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting
Robert Storr
189102437X
February 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
The beautiful catalog Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting accompanies the Museum of Modern Art's retrospective of this prolific and important German artist. Richter's many artistic achievements vacillate between pure abstraction and a kind of realism. His realistic paintings, based primarily on personal photographs and images from newspapers, range in subject matter from the banal, like rolls of toilet paper, to the extremely potent, such as famous Nazi "doctor" Werner Hyde. The paintings have in common an emotional remove; the re-creating of photographic images points us toward our own possible emotional detachment to the influx of images in the world. A blurred chair, Jackie Kennedy, burning candles, family portraits--Richter lays them all out before us as if to say, Here, they are all the same. The insightful text by...


Gerhard Richter: Landscapes
Gerhard Richter
0970888430
November 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Nine landscape paintings spanning over 30 years of Gerhard Richter's career are presented in this exhibition catalogue by Zwirner & Wirth gallery in New York. As Richter once stated, "For me there is no difference between a landscape and an abstract painting . . . I refuse to limit myself to a single option, to an exterior resemblance, to a unity of style which can't exist. A color chart differs only externally from a small green landscape. Both reflect the same basic attitude. It is this attitude which is significant." Essay by Jean-Philippe Antoine. Clothbound, 11.25 x 9.25 in./44 pgs / 11 color.


Literary Paternity, Literary Friendship
Gerhard Richter
0807881252
Oct 2002
Hardcover
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Review
Stanley Corngold is one of the most original literary critics and influential teachers of literature in North America. This collection of essays in his honor is a fitting tribute to the extraordinary role he has played in the lives of so many as a mentor, inspiration, and friend. (Robert Norton, University of Notre Dame)
This is a learned, ambitious, and illuminating collection, often characterized by a crackling intelligence and brimming with sophisticated readings. Taken together, the essays constitute an important new reflection on the interminably complicated and productive question of paternity, responsibility, and what Derrida has so well called the politiques de l'amitie. The book renews my faith in the genre of the Festschrift, for in its overall conception and in its local details it is rigorous, subtle, and...


Gerhard Richter: Portraits
Gerhard Richter
3775717250
July 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This first comprehensive overview of the place of the portrait in Gerhard Richterís oeuvre assembles portrait paintings, photographs, watercolors, drawings and prints from the 1960s to the present--everything from classics like the strikingly honey-haired Betty to previously unknown works discovered in the course of research for this project. Icons such as Ema (Nude on a Staircase), Uncle Rudi, Mister Heyde, 48 Portraits, Self-Portrait, Family at the Sea, Small Bathers, Reader and Moritz, settle once and for all that Richterís emotional pull towards his material (ìThe subject matter is so important to me that I invest much time and effort in my search for it, so much that I just have to paint it.î) not only doesnít hinder him from producing classics, but rather encourages it. Stefan...


Walter Benjamin and the Corpus of Autobiography
Gerhard Richter
0814328806
May 2000
Hardcover
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Michael Jennings, Princeton University
Gerhard Richter's Walter Benjamin and the Corpus of Autobiography is not merely the most extensive and insightful treatment of Benjamin's autobiographical writings. It also offers a challenging reading of Benjamin's writings as a whole, a reading that serves as an important corrective to any facile appropriation of portions of Benjamin's corpus.

David E. Wellbery, Johns Hopkins University
Gerhard Richter's Walter Benjamin and the Corpus of Autobiography breaks new ground in the burgeoning field of Benjamin studies.

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Gerhard Richter: Sils
Hans Ulrich Obrist (Editor)
1891024558
January 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Whenever Gerhard Richter goes to Sils, a small town in the Swiss Alps, he makes photographs, some of which he overpaints and adds to his Atlas. Others he treats as autonomous works, as in those presented in this intimate artist's book. In the overpainted photographs, the levels of reality evident in photography are combined with those that exist in painting. However, the paired concepts prove redundant of both the realism in photographic representation and the abstraction in nonfigurative painting. The photographs reveal a parallel between both forms of painterly practice, evidence of the simultaneous existence of contradictory bodies of work in Richter's oeuvre. Edited by Hans-Ulrich Obrist.Essay by Peter Andre Bloch. Hardcover, 4.5 x 6 in., 88 pages, 55 color Illustrations

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Walter Benjamin and the Corpus of Autobiography
Gerhard Richter
0814330835
May 2002
Paperback
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Michael Jennings, Princeton University
Gerhard Richter's Walter Benjamin and the Corpus of Autobiography is not merely the most extensive and insightful treatment of Benjamin's autobiographical writings. It also offers a challenging reading of Benjamin's writings as a whole, a reading that serves as an important corrective to any facile appropriation of portions of Benjamin's corpus. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

David E. Wellbery, Johns Hopkins University
Gerhard Richter's Walter Benjamin and the Corpus of Autobiography breaks new ground in the burgeoning field of Benjamin studies. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Gerhard Richter
Gerhard Richter
0870700235
Jan 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
Destined to rank among the most eloquent and thorough examinations of a major suite of paintings, Gerhard Richter: October 18, 1977 combines a lean, persuasively argued text with an elegantly sober design suited to the subject matter. Richter's 15 black-and-white paintings commemorate the day two leaders of the radical German Baader-Meinhof group, disillusioned men and women in their 30s and early 40s whose loyalty to the dogma of the Red Army Faction had led them to commit numerous terrorist acts, were found dead in their prison cells. Gudrun Ensslin appeared to have hung herself. Andreas Baader had been fatally shot. Jan-Carl Raspe was near death from a bullet wound. Two other members of the group had died in prison earlier in the '70s: Holger Meins after a hunger strike; Ulrike Menihof, by hanging. On the Left, there was...


Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting
Barry Schwabsky
0714844462
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Vitamin P is an image-filled book that provides an international overview of the state of painting today. Documenting the most recent concerns, ideas and trends, Vitamin P explores the work of a vibrant new generation that is revitalizing this traditional, but continually updated, medium. Included are 114 of painting's leading practitioners, who were nominated by esteemed critics, curators and other experts from around the world. Each artist is represented by numerous examples of his or her work, accompanied by an explanatory text and short biography. Vitamin P illustrates the richness, eclecticism and dynamism of painting today. It is a critical sourcebook and reference work for seasoned art world veterans as well as newcomers to contemporary art. A stimulating introductory text is provided by Barry Schwabsky, who...


Gerhard Richter: Watercolors, 1964-1997
Gerhard Richter
3933807050
April 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
For Gerhard Richter, creating intimate works on paper enables him to establish a reflective distance from his painterly oeuvre. It is not coincidental that there is an increased output of watercolors precisely when Richter's painterly work shifts directions. For example, when Richter began to paint abstract pictures and experiment with different themes, we see during this period the appearance of his first abstract watercolors, a different scale and medium that provides a base from which his larger paintings can play off of, and vice versa. This book includes over 100 color reproductions of these paintings, as well as a discussion between the artist and Dieter Schwartz examining the thematics of his work.

Language Notes
Text: German, English

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Gerhard Richter 1998
Gerhard Richter
0947564780
Feb 1999
Hardcover
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Mysteries of the Rectangle
Siri Hustvedt
1568985185
July 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
These wonderful essays capture Hustvedt's thoughtful, intensely personal and aesthetically charged responses to art. At first, Hustvedt's choice of artists seems random or disjointed, but it becomes apparent that her work is driven by a deeper logic that unites these painters: still life, the power of dreams and the struggle to truly see the world-she finds a profound engagement with these themes in each of the artists she treats, whether it be the cityscape-bottles of Giorgio Morandi, the vertiginous monsters of Goya, the abstract masses of Joan Mitchell or Gerhard Richter's ghostly photo paintings. Hustvedt writes with few technical or academic trappings, and the effect is that of an intelligent, articulate art-lover speaking about paintings she has looked at and thought about for a lifetime. As with...


Gerhard Richter: Doubt and Belief in Painting
Robert Storr
0870703552
April 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Gerhard Richter is widely recognized as one of the most significant painters working today, and he is certainly among the most influential. He has worked in a wide range of manners since the early 1960s, producing abstractions, landscapes, images derived from the mass media and photographs, and more. Seen together, these works call into question such widely held assumptions as the importance of stylistic consistency, individual artistic sensibility, and spontaneous creativity. They also explore the impact of technology and media imagery on the traditional methods and formats of painting. The Museum of Modern Art has published two important books on Richter, both written by Robert Storr: one covering 40 years of his painting, and published to accompany the museum's large Richter retrospective in spring 2002, and one...


Benjamin's Blind Spot
Lise Patt
1889917044
Mar 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Walter Benjamin's 1936 essay, ''The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction'', revolutionized the way we look at the social function of the work of art, and the faculties with which we appreciate it. Using that essay--and its introduction of the Benjaminian notion of the aura--as a springboard, the essays collected in "Benjamin's Blind Spot" apply Benjamin's insights to a wide range of topics. Subjects range from Benjamin's use of hashish to an analysis of Woody Allen's "Zelig", from Wallace Stevens to the early recordings of Elvis Presley, and from the dark epiphanies behind Jackson Pollock's work to the question of whether Benjamin's model is even relevant to contemporary issues. In the same volume, presented in the text's margins, is "The Manual of Lost Ideas", a massive manuscript that arrived at the...


Gerhard Richter: October 18, 1977
Robert Storr
0810961040
October 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
Destined to rank among the most eloquent and thorough examinations of a major suite of paintings, Gerhard Richter: October 18, 1977 combines a lean, persuasively argued text with an elegantly sober design suited to the subject matter. Richter's 15 black-and-white paintings commemorate the day two leaders of the radical German Baader-Meinhof group, disillusioned men and women in their 30s and early 40s whose loyalty to the dogma of the Red Army Faction had led them to commit numerous terrorist acts, were found dead in their prison cells. Gudrun Ensslin appeared to have hung herself. Andreas Baader had been fatally shot. Jan-Carl Raspe was near death from a bullet wound. Two other members of the group had died in prison earlier in the '70s: Holger Meins after a hunger strike; Ulrike Menihof, by hanging. On the Left, there was...

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