Gerhard Richter - Early Work, 1951-1972 . Mehring

Getty Publications - (Yale)
Publication date:
03 Feb 2011
Getty Publications
176 pages: 261 x 197 x 17mm
14 colour & 67 b&w illustrations

This title takes an illuminating look at the unique work and artistic vision of Gerhard Richter. Born in Dresden in 1932, Gerhard Richter was first educated under the prevailing doctrine of Socialist Realism, but retrained after emigrating to West Germany, thus uniquely embodying the division of Germany during the Cold War. This volume brings together new studies of his early career by an international group of scholars. The authors approach the context from a variety of angles including the social and political histories of a divided Germany, the conflicted development of Soviet Socialist Realism in East Germany, a Cold War visuality integrating pre- and post- resettlement works, the archival dimension of the artist's output in relation to "Richter's Atlas", and the artist's involvement in the representation of his work in archives, exhibitions, and catalogues.

Christine Mehring is associate professor in the Dept. of Art History, University of Chicago. Jeanne Nugent is an art historian and curator based in New York. Jon Seydl is the Paul J. Getty Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, 1500-1800, at the Cleveland Museum of Art.