Gerhard Richter

Zerynthia, Associazione Per L'Arte Contemporanea

This show of new, never-before-exhibited works by Gerhard Richter inaugurated a new international cultural space in Rome, sponsored by the Cassa di Risparmio di Puglia. The show consisted of seven large paintings, one small photograph retouched with paint, and a sphere of polished aluminum, placed on the floor, and was entitled “Montagne” (Mountains). Richter’s interest in this natural occurrence (distant, majestic, and in a certain sense already a “painting in itself”) has become a regular feature of his work since his 1981 series of Swiss mountain landscapes.

The seven paintings, created specifically for this exhibition, employ the same technique as Richter’s series, “Abstrakte Bilder” (Abstract paintings, begun in 1976). The image is actually constructed: Richter uses a spatula to apply the color to the canvas, creating one layer over another, but at the same time he scrapes away and

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