Gerhard Richter: Without Color by Reinhard Spieler, Julia Gelshorn, Elke Kania and Doris Krystof

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Gerhard Richter: Without Color
Edited by Reinhard Spieler
Essays by Julia Gelshorn, Elke Kania, Doris Krysto & Reinhard Spieler

4to. pp. 104. English & German text. colour & b/w illustrations. biography. bibliography. hardcover (fine condiiton). [Ostfildern-Ruit]: Hatje Cantz, [2005].

ISBN-10: 3775715835 / ISBN-13: 9783775715836


Without Color presents an important group of paintings from Gerhard Richter's oeuvre: works without color--something upon which the painter ordinarily relies a great deal. The (non-) colors, black, white and gray have always played an important role in Richter's art. Spanning four decades, from the early 1960s to the present, the broad, fascinating spectrum of these colorless paintings ranges from representational works based on black-and-white photographs, to entirely abstract paintings. Richter needs no more than a palette of grays to create impressive works in the traditional genres of history painting, portraiture, landscape and still life. He explores the fundamental aspects of painting in images composed of streaks of gray, overpainting and monochromatic gray color fields. The outcome is a cross-section that incorporates everything painting can mean today--while focusing on the innermost essence of painting through the paradoxical renunciation of color.