Daniel Richter’s iconic paintings represent a significant contribution to renewed discussion of painting’s importance in 21st-century artmaking. This exhibition presented nine boldly painted, unsettling and beautiful readings of the current psychic pulse of the new world disorder. They speak of urban alienation, global conflict and a longing for the re-enchantment of nature. The Berlin/Hamburg artist’s visual “voice” is unique because it brings revisionist politics, history painting as realistic painting and the impact of popular culture in the media (i.e., the incitement of fear, pervasive acts of violence, global threats) into sharp focus amidst zones of deliberate obfuscation. This exhibition set out to introduce a broader North American audience to the many critical dimensions in Richter’s work as they relate to contemporary German culture.
This touring exhibition of eight important recent paintings includes a selection of ephemera, a fully illustrated colour catalogue and a zine composed of reference material selected by Richter, an interview with the artist by Scott Watson and an essay by Robert Linsley.
Daniel Richter, Das Mißverständnis, 2003.
Oil on canvas, 230.4 × 270.0 cm. Collection of Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece.
Daniel Richter: Pink Flag, White Horse.
Exhibition catalogue from the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (8 October–28 November 2004). Essay by Robert Linsley, interview by Scott Watson.[more]