Gerhard Richter Painting | Chicago Reader

Gerhard Richter Painting

Shot mainly in 2008 and 2009, this documentary shows the German artist preparing exhibitions of his work, conversing with colleagues, and, of course, painting. The movie really comes alive when it lets Richter's creative process speak for itself: extended sequences that track his creation of several large abstract canvases recall Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic The Mystery of Picasso (1956) in their sense of wonder and their resourceful wide-screen framing. The works in question express a delicate balance between spontaneity and rigid formal control—seeing Richter at work is a bit like watching a great trapeze artist. Corinna Belz directed. In English and subtitled German.

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