Next Wednesday, March 14, Gerhard Richter Painting will open at Film Forum in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The feature length film is the follow up to a 2007 short by filmmaker Corinna Belz called Gerhard Richter’s Window. Belz spent three years as an observer in Richter’s Cologne studio capturing footage of the artist producing his abstract works. Judging by the trailer, expect lots of squeegeeing and dramatic music.

Screened at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter called it “a must-see for followers of contemporary painting.” It adds:

But the most rewarding footage here is of Richter by himself, filling empty canvas with bold schemes of primary colors before carefully distressing them with massive squeegees and muddying the colors with fat brushes … These scenes of technique are delicious to experience, even for viewers who haven’t stood before his finished works and puzzled over the methods of their creation.

Gerhard Richter Painting will be at Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan) from Wednesday, March 14 until Tuesday, March 27.

h/t KL

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One reply on “Gerhard Richter Movie Opens in NYC Next Week”

  1. I’ve always loved Richter for his virtuosity.

    I wonder, though, at the recent glut of what I call ‘richterisms’ in the abstract art arena: are these new paintings that use dragging and blotting and other forms of paint distress simply about trying to find a way to ground abstract art in method again?

    I hope not: ‘cuz that can’t be done by implementing a bag of tricks. And, face it, composition, color, and texture aren’t conceptual any more so most abstract painting will just come off as decorative (and I mean that in the worst way).

    Delish as the super frosted cakes can be, they come off as clones and dramatic accidents.

    Let me put it this way, any artists who are inspired by Richter should explore virtuosity: and that means, not mastering Richter’s techniques, but finding and mastering your own.

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