New York

Gerhard Richter

Onnasch Gallery

Gerhard Richter raises questions of implicit value structure—not whether you like, but accept his premises. Richter’s paintings contradict successful contemporary, and especially American art over the last 15 years or so. He challenges the “single idea” approach of artists who take narrow areas of inquiry and explore them obsessively, an inquiry cutting across ideological grounds and applicable to all manner of artists. He rejects the single idea, choosing instead broad swathes of inquiry which he explores in a wide variety of ways.

Richter not only alternates between figuration and abstraction, but he also paints differently in both these modes. Sloppy expressionism and meticulous classicism coexist. Seeing Richter’s extraordinary mix is bewildering. Although all the paintings are large—they range from big, just under life-size to gigantic, just over 20’ long—you have to adjust from private

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