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Daniel Richter, Death of the Esoteric Painter, 2011, oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 106 1/4".

Daniel Richter

Kestnergesellschaft

Daniel Richter, Death of the Esoteric Painter, 2011, oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 106 1/4".

During a recent conversation in his studio, Daniel Richter observed that a great deal of contemporary painting comes across as a revivification of the art produced in the twentieth century: “In formal terms, we seem to be bringing the dead to life.” The task of Richter’s generation, as he sees it, is to make the achievements of the moderns more radical. Richter’s recent exhibition “10001nacht” (10001night) offered an overview of recent developments in his art. It featured a dozen drawings from his 2008–2009 “Love Parade” series; seven small-scale paintings from a series titled with the invented word “Spagotzen,” 2010; and eighteen large paintings dated 2011. The surprising thing is that Richter’s recent paintings and drawings turn out to be much more linear and owe less to the plane and the stain than his earlier work. Some pieces, in the spirit of the remark quoted above, evoke

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