March 26, 1989 |
Things are not what they seem. Take Gerhard Richter. When you travel to West Germany his paintings are as much a staple of museums' contemporary galleries as, say, Andy Warhol or Frank Stella. The difference is that whether you are in Dusseldorf or Cologne, Stuttgart or Hanover you always recognize the Warhols, Stellas and other products of the brotherhood of the international art franchise. Art museums' contemporary galleries are as homogenized as Burger Kings. Gerhard Richter is different.
April 6, 2002 |
Gerhard Richter's modest 1962 painting "Table" is one of the earliest works in the German artist's enormous retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, and it's also one of the strangest. The canvas might look odd, but actually it's composed with an astringent logic. "Table" sets up certain parameters that Richter, 70, has spent the past 40 years exploring in diverse ways. We don't ordinarily think of paint and brush strokes as objects, or things that are capable of being seen and touched.
January 28, 1990
Regarding "Powerful Works on the Richter Scale" by Christopher Knight, Jan. 14: If indeed Knight believes that artist Gerhard Richter ". . . does not politically eulogize terrorism in this suite," one can only wonder if the ghost of "the shyly smiling, self-reflective terrorist Gudrun Ensslin" would bypass torching a building housing Richter's paintings of the Red Army Faction. N. TORII Bakersfield
June 19, 2013 |
A painting by Wassily Kandinsky has sold for $21.2 million at a Christie's auction of Impressionist and Modern works of art in London. The auction on Tuesday brought in a hefty total of $100.4 million, but the sale lacked any major surprises. Kandinsky's "Study for Improvisation 3," created in 1909, was the top seller of the evening. The price was in the middle of the auction house's expectation range. The brightly colored landscape painting sold for $16.8 million in 2008. Tuesday's auction also featured Picasso's 1960 painting "Woman Seated in an Armchair," which sold for $9.6 million, slightly surpassing expectations.
May 15, 2013 |
A popular art installation in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor is no longer making waves. A 54-foot rubber duck, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, started deflating Tuesday, and by Wednesday, the piece looked like a flattened yellow pancake bobbing on the water. “Rubber Duck” was installed May 2 and has since spawned serenades from city officials, choreographed dances by local groups and brisk sales of du ck-related goods. Officials were slow to report that the piece was deflated as part of a planned tuneup, leaving onlookers to wonder if the bird had been a victim of “fowl” play.
January 17, 2013 |
Seven new paintings by Martin Durazo at Luis de Jesus Gallery elaborate on his slightly earlier graffiti-inspired work, while the pleasure-palace installation in the back room removes pretty much any doubt about the paintings' intentions. The large, abstract canvases are covered with big, brushy strokes and gritty squeegee-scrapings of paint, but they aren't engaged in a drama of existential doubt that might follow a trajectory from Willem De Kooning in the 1950s to Gerhard Richter now. Instead, Durazo's robust abstractions function as a kind of mise-en-scène for social interaction.