Gerhard Richter Biography - ArtLyst
Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden in 1932. In the years between 1949 and 1951 he was trained in stage and advertising painting. He finished his studies at the Dresden Academy of Arts in 1951.
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. Despite unnatural palettes, spaceless sheets of color, and obvious trails of the artist’s tools, the abstract pictures often act like windows through which we see the landscape outside.
In 1972 Richter was chosen to represent Germany at the Venice Biennale. That same year, he exhibited at Documenta in Kassel.He showed at Documenta again in 1977, 1982 and 1987. In 1982 Richter was awarded the Arnold Bode Prize. In 1988 he was given his first North American retrospective organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
In 2001 the Museum of Modern Art in New York held a retrospective of Richter's paintings called "Forty Years of Painting". Curated by Robert Storr, the exhibition was critically acclaimed and displayed the diversity of Richter's paintings.