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Gerhard Richter Painting (2012)

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 critics and collaborators. -- (C) Official Site
Art House & International , Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (19)

Richter gives off a heroic, creator-of-the-universe air as he strains to push the squeegee, exposing a new world in his wake.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Richter offers multiple explanations of how he knows when a painting is done. They range from the mundane to the lofty.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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"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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Gerhard Richter Painting

Gerhard Richter Painting gets low marks due to the lazy filmmaking (with the boom coming into shots) and is overall not very good as a documentary. It gets interesting in a few spots but overall feels flat. See Jiro Dreams of Sushi as a positive example of a documentary about a man and his dedication to his work. Note that this review reflects on the film and not its subject.

Robert Brogan
Robert Brogan

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the intersection of one of the world's greatest living artists with the transformative and mutative properties of film and being filmed has resulted in something quite quixotic and sublime. of course, that sounds pretentious, but it's like richter explains himself earlier in the film, language is capable of communicating only so much, and the need, HIS need, to express himself visually is as vital to his existential graspings for meaning and truth as breathing is to his living. i'm quite sure we all feel this need and lack and desire .. it's quite inspiring to watch a master who has solved his way of quelling those demons while still acknowledging (and enjoying and suffering) the realities of day to day life. ps you don't have to love richter's work to appreciate this film. pps imho he's the greatest painter of this era.

Seth Lachs
Seth Lachs

GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING is that rare art documentary that captures the creative process without trying to capture the creative process. Arguably one of the greatest living painters, Richter comes across as an amiable gentleman with absolutely no pretensions. I loved this film so much, I didn't want to see it end.

Michael Lupetin
Michael Lupetin

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