"Lines which do not exist"
The Drawing Center will present an enhanced version of an exhibition originally on view at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), UK in 2009. This presentation is comprised of approximately 50 graphite, watercolor, and ink on paper drawings made by Gerhard Richter (b. 1932, Dresden, Germany) over a period of five decades from 1966 to 2005. Although Richter is most celebrated as a painter, this exhibition focuses on the artist’s works on paper and explores his complex personal relationship with drawing. The first of its kind in the U.S., the exhibition will also be Richter’s first solo show in a public institution in New York since 40 Years of Painting at The Museum of Modern Art (2002).
Curated by Gavin Delahunty, Curator, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK.
Image: Gerhard Richter, R.O., 22.1.1984, 1984. Watercolor on paper, 5 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches. Private Collection, Berlin.
This show proved a let down. It appears that Richter is very good with color, paint and representation, none of the ingredients of this small survey of enigmatic works. The few paintings in the exhibition shined, but felt misplaced. Recently, I was looking through the artists website which got me really interested in his work again. www.gerhard-richter.com/art/paintings/abstracts/detail.php?6076