Quick Hits: Overpainted

Gerhard Richter, “MV. 98,” 2011, lacquer on color photograph, 4 × 5 7/8 in (10 × 15 cm) © Gerhard Richter 2019 (04042019)

Celebrated German artist Gerhard Richter began painting over photographs in the mid-1980s, blurring the images as though seen through a camera lens or smudged with squeegees while the paint is still wet.

Gerhard Richter, MV. 94, 2011 Lacquer on colour photograph

The works of Museum Visit – the largest series of Richter’s photo-paintings comprised of more than 200  individual images – are part of the exhibition Gerhard Richter: Overpainted Photographs, on at the Gagosian Gallery, London through June 8. (Below, installation view)

Gagosian London, here.

Gerhard Richter is widely regarded as one of the most important contemporary German artists and several of his works have set record prices at auction. Biographical feature, here.

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