November 5, 2011

gerhard richter: 2010 - 2011 at marian goodman (paris)

abstract paintings 2005 - 2009
recent exhibition at marian goodman gallery

the sculpture 6 standing glass panes is made of 6 parallel glass panels assembled in a steel structure. gerhard richter first used glass in 1967 in 4 panes of glass. this material has become important in his work and, since 2002, the artist has created a series of three dimensions glass constructions, similar to the one presented at the gallery. these works refer to the idea of painting as a window onto the world, or as a mirror reflecting all that is in front. these two aspects appear metaphorically and visually in 6 standing glass panes. by reflecting both the space of the gallery and the visitors the work oscillates between architecture and painting.

the first series of paintings, perizade (2010), was created by pouring liquid paint freely on glass plates. here the material of the paint is present and the forms undulate, providing a contrast to the big digital prints entitled strip (2011), which are composed of a rigorous system of parallel lines. nevertheless, the point of departure for the strip is a painting, created by the artist in 1990: abstract painting (724-4). with the help of software he divided this work vertically, first in 2, then in 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, and 4096. this process led to the creation of 8190 strips, all of the same height as the original painting. at each stage of division the strips got thinner. they are 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. these works exhibited here are unique prints chosen and combined from different strips.
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