weekend #17 photos
Gerhard Richter’s art is…AMAZING!
His photo paintings are amazing, his abstract works are amazing, wow!
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
February 12, 2012 – May 13, 2012
A looong queue at 10:30 am
Not so long queue at 3 pm.
Photo-paintings and the Blur
Many of these paintings are made in a multi-step process of representations. He starts with a photograph, which he has found or taken himself, and projects it onto his canvas, where he traces it for exact form.
Taking his color palette from the photograph, he paints to replicate the look of the original picture.
His hallmark “blur”—sometimes a softening by the light touch of a soft brush, sometimes a hard smear by an aggressive pull with his squeegee—has two effects:
1. It offers the image a photographic appearance; and
2. Paradoxically, it testifies the painter’s actions, both skilled and coarse,
and the plastic nature of the paint itself.
In some paintings blurs and smudges are severe enough to disrupt the image; it becomes hard to understand or believe. The subject is nullified. In these paintings, images and symbols (such as landscapes, portraits, and news photos) are rendered fragile illusions, fleeting conceptions in our constant reshaping of the world.
Wikipedia tells you more > here.
More Richter’s candles > here
Richter’s Ema, Nude on a Staircase
Toilet Paper Roll
lots of artsy shadows, right
Have a relaxing weekend
before celebrating May the 1st!