Gerhard Richter - Painting Image

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  • Summary: One of the world's greatest living painters, the German artist Gerhard Richter has spent over half a century experimenting with a tremendous range of techniques and ideas, addressing historical crises and mass media representation alongside explorations of chance procedures. The first glimpse inside his studio in decades, Gerhard Richter Painting is exactly that: a thrilling document of the 79-year-old's creative process, juxtaposed with rare archival footage and intimate conversations with his critics and collaborators. (Kino Lorber) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 28, 2012
    The film is sketchy as biography, but it proves an aging artist can still crackle with the electricity of youth.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 14, 2012
    Just as a document of the sheer physical labor that goes into covering a giant canvas with color, Gerhard Richter Painting is never less than absorbing.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 15, 2012
    It is the achievement of Gerhard Richter Painting to shine a light on that hidden, private act as few other films have done.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Apr 12, 2012
    The man we meet is intelligent and good-humored. "They do what they want," he says with a shrug, indicating a set of just-completed canvases. "I planned something different."
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 15, 2012
    Mostly the movie is about process and perspective. Through the documentary lens, Richter's enigmatic paintings speak to us.
  6. Reviewed by: Kenneth Baker
    May 3, 2012
    Delivers on the promise of its title. It shows us the world's most famous living painter, who turned 80 in February, at work with greater intimacy than any other film portrait of a contemporary artist provides.
  7. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Mar 11, 2012
    The end results are mixed but nevertheless scintillating and provocative enough to be worth taking seriously.

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