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Published on Feb 15, 2012
"Music for Gerhard Richter". Max Ridgway - guitar and electronics. Recorded on February 15, 2012.
Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden on February 9, 1932. He began painting in 1962. In 1969 Richter produced the first of a group of grey monochromes that consist exclusively of the textures resulting from different methods of paint application. From the mid 1980s, Richter began to use a home-made squeegee to rub and scrape the paint that he had applied in large bands across his canvases. In the 1990s the artist began to run his squeegee up and down the canvas in an ordered fashion to produce vertical columns that take on the look of a wall of planks. Richter's abstract work is remarkable for the illusion of space that develops, ironically, out of his incidental process: an accumulation of spontaneous, reactive gestures of adding, moving, and subtracting paint.