|Gerhard Richter, Bach (1) 1992, Oil on canvas|
“Abstract painting illustrates nothing…allows ourselves to see the unseeable that has never been seen and indeed is not visible. This is not an artful game, it is a necessity: since everything unknown frightens us and fills us with hope at the same time, we take these images as a possible explanation of the unexplicable or at least a way of dealing with it. Thus paintings are all the better, the more beautiful, intelligent, crazy and extreme, the more clearly perceptible and the less they are decipherable metaphors for this incomprehensible reality.”
-Gerhard Richter, 1979.
|Gerhard Richter, 1991, Oil on canvas|
The retrospective exhibition Gerhard Richter: Panorama is on through May 13th 2012, at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. You can read about upcoming exhibitions here.