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Gerhard Richter Painting (2012) The German artist Gerhard Richter creates explosive psychedelic canvases in dense improvised layers. He's like a slow-motion action painter, using a giant homemade squeegee to… 2012-03-14 PT97M Documentary
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Gerhard Richter Painting (2012)

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GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING Artsit Gerhard Richter at work
Image credit: Kino Lorber
GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING Artsit Gerhard Richter at work
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Mar 14, 2012; Length: 97 Minutes; Genre: Documentary

The German artist Gerhard Richter creates explosive psychedelic canvases in dense improvised layers. He's like a slow-motion action painter, using a giant homemade squeegee to cover what he's just painted (with the base colors peering through), and Corinna Belz's documentary records his method with a kind of solemn excitement. It helps that Richter, filmed here in his late 70s, doesn't take his art so seriously that he ever forgets it's really a form of play. The film is sketchy as biography, but it proves an aging artist can still crackle with the electricity of youth. A-

Originally posted Mar 28, 2012 Published in issue #1201 Apr 06, 2012 Order article reprints