Gerhard Richter Painting (2012)
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One of the world's greatest living painters, the German artist Gerhard Richter has spent over half a century experimenting with a tremendous range of techniques and ideas, addressing historical crises and mass media representation alongside explorations of chance procedures. The first glimpse inside his studio in decades, Gerhard Richter Painting is exactly that: a thrilling document of the 79-year-old's creative process, juxtaposed with rare archival footage and intimate conversations with his
Mar 14, 2012 Limited
Sep 25, 2012
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Richter gives off a heroic, creator-of-the-universe air as he strains to push the squeegee, exposing a new world in his wake.
Richter offers multiple explanations of how he knows when a painting is done. They range from the mundane to the lofty.
A mesmerizing look behind the curtain at a magician at work, a man who creates his enchantments not with a deck of cards or puffs of smoke but rather paint, brushes, canvas and a giant squeegee.
It shows us the world's most famous living painter, who turned 80 in February, at work with greater intimacy than any other film portrait of a contemporary artist provides.
"Gerhard Richter - Painting" is a stirring portrait of an artist in search of his art - the mystery of the process, the beauty of the hunt and the wonder of discovery.
At times filling the screen with symmetrical compositions of paintings in progress in the studio, the film is akin to being in a museum that's come alive.
Too often, the film backs up Richter's assertion that "painting is another way of thinking" and that it's impossible to translate it into another language -- such as film.
[VIDEO] Following German abstract painter Gerhard Richter through his alternately meditative and physical process of artistic creation is like watching a magician showing you his tricks.
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