Go See – New York: Gerhard Richter’s ‘Abstract Paintings 2009′ at Marian Goodman Gallery through January 9th 2010

November 23rd, 2009

Gerhard Richter-Abstract Painting-2005
Abstract Painting (894-1)
(2005) by Gerhard Richter, via Marian Goodman Gallery

Currently on view at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York is “Abstract Paintings” by Gerhard Richter. The most recent presentation of the artist’s work in New York since his solo exhibition at Marian Goodman in 2005, the exhibition features major works by the artist from 2005 to the present including a new cycle of paintings entitled “Sindbad” (2008) and also individual paintings with medium to large format abstractions. In addition, Richter has displayed a new group of large scale near-monochrome paintings with underlying chromatic structures layered in veils of translucent white paint.

Gerhard Richter-Abstract Painting-2005
Abstract Painting (894-2)
(2005) by Gerhard Richter, via Marian Goodman Gallery

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The current works continue the nature of Richter’s artistic production especially found in recent series of abstract works such as the Silicate Paintings of 2003 and  the Cage paintings of 2006 which were conceived as a single group first displayed in 2007 at the 52nd Venice Biennale curated by Rob Storr. The artist readily employs the elements of texture, structure and gesture in his abstract paintings which endows them with technical yet expressionistic qualities.

Gerhard Richter-Abstract Painting-2005
Abstract Painting (894-5) (2005) by Gerhard Richter, via Marian Goodman Gallery

According to Jerry Saltz, the new works are among “the most majestic, haunting, voluptuous, and vulnerable of his career.” Richter’s paintings take on a physical quality with their overlays of contrasting color and thick applications of wet-on-wet paint. They are at once complex and simple as well which makes it near impossible to grasp the secret to his technique.

A series of paintings entitled 911 are abstract and cold. Painted in light pale colors they evoke a feelings of sadness and loss in order to recall an inescapable moment of collective tragedy.

Gerhard Richter-Abstract Painting 911-1-2009

Abstract Painting (911-1) (2009) by Gerhard Richter, via Marian Goodman Gallery

Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden in the former German Democratic Republic in 1932. He lived there until 1961 when he left for the West. He is the recipient of numerous distinguished awards and has exhibited his works in majors international galleries and museums all over the world.

Gerhard Richter-Abstract Painting-2005
Abstract Painting (894-11) (2005) by Gerhard Richter, via Marian Goodman Gallery

Exhibition Page [Marian Goodman Gallery]
Gerhard Richter – Interview
[ArtInfo]
Richter’s Earthquake [New York Magazine]

-R.A.P