Grit Richter, Forever Now, 2018, oil, acrylic and bleach on canvas, 64 × 47 1⁄8".

Grit Richter

Galerie Tanja Wagner

The work of Hamburg-based Grit Richter encompasses painting, sculpture, and installation (she is also a veteran of her city’s underground electronic-music scene), but her recent exhibition “The Space Between Us” put the emphasis firmly on painting. In fact, one of the works was titled Forever Now, 2018, name checking the controversial 2014–15 state-of-the-art-of-painting survey at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In this ensemble, the painting seemed to reinterpret the MOMA exhibition’s cyberpunk-derived theme of “atemporality” as, I think, a kind of classic space opera. Whereas Laura Hoptman, the curator of “The Forever Now,” saw contemporary painting as touching on all of history as a reservoir of forms and images, Richter (despite a certain knack for retro styling) seems to have her eye not on the past but on an idea of space as the future home for potential forms and images. In Forever

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