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Gerhard Richter (geb. 1932 in Dresden)
Gerhard Richter (geb. 1932 in Dresden)ARTIST INFO
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Gerhard Richter (born in Dresden in 1932), who is celebrating his 90th birthday this year,
has held first place in the ranking of contemporary artists for decades.
Probably the most famous quote from the professor of painting: „Good pictures are also incomprehensible! His high demands on a work of art always challenged the unthinkable.
His path into art started as a company and theater painter, until he began his studies at the Dresden Academy of Art at the age of just 19. Before the wall was built, the artist managed to escape „GDR realism“ in time.
He began a student life at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Here, for example, Ferdinand Macketanz and Karl Otto Götz taught him. Sigmar Polke studied with Gerhard Richter in Götz’s class. Gerhard Richter worked as an art teacher until the end of the 1960s, was a guest lecturer at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts in 1967 and since 1971 has been a professor of painting at the Düsseldorf Art Academy (1971-1993).
His birthday exhibition in the Albertinum of the Dresden State Art Collection from February to May 2022 was personally curated by Gerhard Richter. Many of the exhibits came from Gerhard Richter’s art foundation, so there are landscapes and portraits next to family pictures that mean something to him.
The painter has recently become a draftsman who still has a lot to say artistically. The artist Gerhard Richter himself appreciates the directness of his artistic statements on paper.
The Gerhard Richter Archive is located in Dresden.Gerhard Richter lives and works in Cologne.
Selection of exhibitions by Gerhard Richter:
2014: Gerhard Richter. Pictures/series, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland,
2016: Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden: Gerhard Richter. Birkenau
2017: Museum Ludwig, Cologne: Gerhard Richter. New pictures.
2017: National Gallery Prague: Gerhard Richter,
2017: Museum Folkwang, Essen: Gerhard Richter. The Editions.
2017: Kunstmuseum Bonn: Gerhard Richter. About Painting – Early Pictures.
2017: Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia: Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images,
2018: Museum Wiesbaden: Gerhard Richter — Early Pictures,
2018: Museum Barberini: Gerhard Richter. Abstraction,
2020: The Met Breuer, New York: Gerhard Richter. Painting After All.
2020: Art Station Sankt Peter Cologne St. Peter (Cologne): Gerhard Richter. gray mirror,
2020: Albertinum State Art Collections Dresden Gerd Richter 1961/62
2020/2021: Bank Austria Art Forum Vienna Gerhard Richter. Landscape.
2021: Kunsthaus Zurich: Gerhard Richter. Landscape.
2021: State Graphic Collection Munich: 54 drawings – 3 gray mirrors – 1 sphere.
2021/22: Gerhard Richter. Birkenau cycle, drawings, overpainted photos, North Rhine-Westphalia art collection – Museum K 21, Düsseldorf
2022: Gerhard Richter. portraits Glass. Abstractions, Albertinum, Dresden
2022: Gerhard Richter. 90th Anniversary of His Birth – 60 Years of Creation, June 7 – October 2, 2022, Museum of Modern Art Tokyo
Gerhard Richter received numerous awards in the course of his artistic life (here in selection)
1967 Young West Art Prize, Recklinghausen
1982 Arnold Bode Prize, Kassel
1985 Oskar-Kokoschka-Prize, Vienna
1988 guest professorship at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main
1988 Kaiserring, Goslar
1995 Wolf Prize of the Wolf Foundation, Jerusalem
1997 Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale
1997 Premium Imperiale, Tokyo
1998 Foreign Honorary Membership. The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
1998 Wexner Prize, Ohio
2000 State Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf
2001 Honorary Doctorate, Catholic University of Leuven
2001 Entry in the Golden Book of the City of Cologne
2004 Art and Culture Prize of the German Catholics, Bonn
2004 Foreign Honorary Membership. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2007 honorary citizenship of the city of Cologne
2012 Member of the American Philosophical Society
2018 European Culture Prize Taurus
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