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Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter: Writings 1961-2007, edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Dietmar Elger, New York: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 2009. 600 pages. $55.

Gerhard Richter: Early Work, 1951-1972, edited by Christine Mehring, Jeanne Anne Nugent, and Jon L. Seydl. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum/Getty Research Institue, 2010. 176 pages. $50.

Gerhard Richter (October Files 8), edited by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009. 188 pages. $18.

Gerhard Richter: A Life In Painting, by Dietmar Elger, translated by Elizabeth M. Solaro. Chicago; University of Chicago Press, 2010. 408 pages $45.

WHAT CAN ONE REALLY SAY about Gerhard Richter, an artist whose career comprises a half-century-long exercise in self-negation? Beginning with his move from socialist East Germany to the FRG of the Wirtschaftswunder (economic miracle) and early Pop, Richter’s mature work consistently negotiates

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