Magazine article Tate Etc.

Gerhard Richter's Abstract Painting (726) 1990

Magazine article Tate Etc.

Gerhard Richter's Abstract Painting (726) 1990

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Dimitris Daskalopoulos on Gerhard Richter's Abstract Painting (726) 1990

The absolute truth: 'Go to the Richter exhibition and zero in on any square inch of an Abstraktes Bild. In it you will see everything you know and everything you do not know.'

It was back in 2011, and Gerhard Richter's Panorama exhibition had just opened at Tate Modern, when I made this statement during Frieze after having spent almost a full hour that morning lost in a square inch of one of his abstract paintings - this one in particular.

Since then, every time I am near a Richter, I try not to miss the moment of escaping into this square inch of mine. Randomly selected, this process allows me the rare opportunity to experience time in my own time. An impression of what seems like a moment of infinity is created. I can't help bringing to mind art critic and painter Robert Storr's observation on Richter about sharing 'a willingness to let go of certain kinds of control in order that other things happen'. …

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