New York

Gerhard Richter

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

This large exhibition presented almost half of the one hundred “private” and “intimate” paintings Gerhard Richter exhibited at the Carré d’Art Contemporain in Nîmes in early 1996. Comprising primarily small- and medium-size canvases made in 1995 and 1996, the show in New York included a wide range of abstract paintings (virtually juxtaposing austere, geometrically structured canvases and grandly expressive, multichromatic tableaux), as well as photo-realistic still lifes, a broad vista of Jerusalem, several receding pastoral landscapes, two portraits of Richter’s wife reading (both entitled “Lesende”) that recalled the genre paintings of Vermeer and Chardin, and a tauromachy, Arena, 1995, that looks backward not only to Picasso, but, even more poignantly, to Goya’s treatment of this theme.

Typical of Richter’s body of work as a whole, what held together this otherwise disparate group of

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