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Dr. Dietmar Elger 'Gerhard Richter: The Art of Painting'
18.00 Wednesday 2 April, 2008
This talk is presented in association with the first exhibition of work by the renowned German artist Gerhard Richter to be held in Lithuania – at the CAC. Richter belongs to a troika of German artists (with Blinky Palermo and Sigmar Polke) who blazed a trail in post-war German art and ensured that painting was central to discourses of conceptualism and experimentation; in the face of the explosion of time-based and spatial art forms. Richter has never considered him self a ‘pure’ painter and has been a restless in his experimentation with the medium and is well known for his paintings based on photographs and his photography. In his own words Richter has '[no] intentions, no system, no style, no particular case or message.' And he understands the act of painting as 'a search for the reality of today: What I saw as my big weakness, namely the inability to "create a picture", is not in fact an incapability, but rather an instinctive striving for a more modern truth.'. The application of this truth is to be discussed here and is on show in the exhibition of 27 works selected by Richter himself.

Dietmar Elger (PhD Hamburg) is the Director of the Gerhard Richter Archive at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. He is co-editor, with Hans Ulrich Obrist, of the recently released Gerhard Richter: Writing 1961 to 2007 (Cologne: Walther Koenig, 2007). Earlier, Elger worked as the editor of the Gerhard Richter catalogue raisonne as well as the artist’s book Gerhard Richter: Florence (Hatje Cantz, 2001). As the Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Sprengel Museum Hannover, Elger curated exhibitions of Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Richard Tuttle, Louise Lawler, Allan McCollum, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres and edited the Gonzalez-Torres catalogue raisonne.
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