Gerhard Richter is widely regarded as one of the most important painters at work today. Born in Dresden in former East Germany in 1932, he moved to the West in 1961, settling in Düsseldorf, where he held his first exhibition in 1963. With a working life that spans half a century, he has exhibited at many of the world's leading art institutions and twice represented Germany at the Venice Biennale. Equally at home with abstract and figurative styles, constantly questioning the role of the artist in the modern world, for five decades Richter has challenged and reinvigorated painting itself.
On the occasion of a major, touring, retrospective exhibition, a collaboration between Tate Modern, London, the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin and Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art modern in Paris, this important book covers Richter's entire career. While many previous books have focused on one aspect of Richter's oeuvre, this stunningly illustrated survey encompasses the entire range of his works, including photo-paintings, abstracts, land and seascapes, portraits, glass and mirror works, drawings and photographs.
An array of international critics and curators examine specific periods of the artist's career, bringing fresh perspectives to bear and placing individual works in the context of world events. With over 300 illustrations and a new interview with the artist, this book will remain the most comprehensive survey of Richter's monumental achievements for many years to come.