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  • Daniel Richter, Ferbenlaare, 2005, oil on canvas, 86 x 66 1/4 x 1 3/4".

    Daniel Richter

    Denver Art Museum
    100 West 14th Avenue Pkwy
    October 4–January 11

    Curated by Christoph Heinrich

    Often cited with the work of Neo Rauch and Franz Ackermann as exemplary of contemporary German painting, Daniel Richter’s turbocharged canvases call up Max Beckmann just as readily: They are often packed with cryptically menacing narratives in which the fate of the individual—alone or, more often, in a crowd—seems at once overdetermined and up for grabs. This midcareer retrospective, featuring some thirty large paintings and more than twenty small-format works, will present viewers with the full range of the artist’s pictorial references, borrowed as freely from punk rock and the daily paper as they are from the legacies of abstraction and epic history painting. A massive 2006 expansion almost doubled the Denver Art Museum’s gallery space, which should provide Richter’s art with the room it needs to breathe.