Gerhard Richter - Painting (VIII week with AFG film club)
Gerhard Richter - Painting
2011, Germany, 97 min, Documentary, BR
Director: Corinna BelzStars: Gerhard Richter, Norbert Arns, Hubert Becker
Gerhard Richter Painting is a thrilling document of legendary German artist Richter's creative process, juxtaposed with intimate conversations (with his critics, his collaborators, and his American gallerist Marian Goodman) and rare archive material. From our fly-on-the-wall perspective, we watch the 79-year-old create a series of large-scale abstract canvases, using fat brushes and a massive squeegee to apply (and then scrape off) layer after layer of brightly colored paint. This mesmerizing footage, of a highly charged process of creation and destruction, turns Belz's portrait of an artist into a work of art itself.
Screening of the film is courtesy of Ani Boyadjian (USA)