From September 9 to December 12, 2021, the HENI Project Space at the Hayward Gallery will present the largest exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s drawings ever presented in the UK. During a career that spanned six decades, Richter has been widely recognized as one of the most influential contemporary artists in the world.
Showcasing more than 60 works on paper produced between 1999 and 2021, the exhibition offers a rare opportunity to explore this intimate aspect of Richter’s artistic practice. It includes several new series of drawings, created during a rich period of experimentation for the artist during 2020 and early 2021. This will be Richter’s first presentation in a major London gallery since his retrospective exhibition, Gerhard Richter: Panorama, at Tate Modern in 2011.
The exhibition includes groups of drawings with various marks in graphite and colored pencil. In a collection of rarely seen pictorial works created using colored inks, the fluidity and unpredictability of the ink puddles – sometimes reaching to the edges of the paper – are counterbalanced and anchored by graphic line structures. , contrasting organic and systematic. forms of abstraction. Inks played an important role in the development of Richter’s art: his first known works, a series of monotypes titled Elbe produced in 1957, were also the result of experiments on the fluid nature of ink on paper.
Additionally, the exhibition includes a series of repainted photographs, where snapshots of wood are obscured by layers of paint. Richter began painting over photographs in the mid-1980s, creating hybrid works that combine the abstract materiality of painting on the smooth surface of photographic reproductions.
Gerhard Richter (born 1932 in Dresden) is considered one of the most important and influential painters working today. His pioneering practice of painting over the past five decades has earned him wide international fame and numerous prestigious awards, including the Golden Lion at the 47th Venice Biennale. Richter’s paintings have been exhibited widely across the world, with recent solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Met Breuer, New York (2020); Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2017); and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisben, Australia (2017)).
The exhibition is organized in partnership with HENI Artists Agency.
A bound catalog illustrating all the works in the exhibition and including a text by Michael Newman will be published by HENI to accompany the exhibition. This will be available for purchase in the Hayward Gallery store.
Gerhard Richter: Drawings, 1999-2021 September 9 – December 12, 2021 HENI Project Space, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Center, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
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