Monday, November 1, 2010

Gerhard Richter's Drawings at the Drawing Center in New York City

30.5.1999, 1999  Graphite on paper  11 7/8 x 8 1/4 in.
Permanent loan from a  German Private collection, Courtesy Kunsthalle Emden
I highly recommend the exhibition  "Lines which do not exist" at  The Drawing Center in Soho. Loved the energy that came out of them. Most drawings are in graphite, and the lines and marks go from crisp to blurry, constantly pulling you in and out. I liked how he used the eraser to make marks too.

Untitled, 1966 Graphite on paper. 8 13/16 x 6 7/16 in.
Courtesy of Winterthur, Kunstmusem Winterthur
1.6.1999, 1999. Graphite on paper. 8 1/4 x 11 11/16 in. Courtesy of Winterthur,
Kunstmuseum Winterthur

These two are much larger and part of a group of 4 that's beautifully displayed on the gallery's back wall, at human height , so you feel like you can almost walk into them:

Drawing II, 2005 Graphite on Paper 59 1/2 x 40 3/8 in.
Collection of Donna and Howard Stone

Drawing III, 2005 Graphite on paper 59 1/2 x 40 3/8 in.
Collection of Donna and Howard Stone
 There are also a few stunning ones in very densely pigmented ink and watercolor that are worth seeing:
G. EL. 2, 18.1, 1984, 1984 Watercolor on paper, 7 x 9 5/16 in.
Private Collection, Berlin

22.3.88, 1988  Colored ink and watercolor on paper 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 in.
Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York,
Gift of the International Council in honor of H.R.H. Prinz Franz von Bayern, 1989
The reproductions here don't do the artwork justice - go see the show if you can - it's up til November 18, 2010. More info here.


  1. He is just amazing. I saw a show once at the Art Institute is Chicago, and loved the diversity of his work. That aspect inspired me because it made me see that diversity in our work is not evidence of not having "a voice" at all (as is often put forth by critics) but is evidence of an artists ability to explore freely!

  2. I love Richter's work and his writings. I wish I could have seen the show but glad you posted some images here. It reminds me to sketch more with pencil ... and eraser!

  3. I know! It made me start drawing again.. with charcoal. So inspiring!


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