Gerhard Richter - Painting

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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 firstOne 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) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 28, 2012
    91
    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
    83
    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
    80
    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
    75
    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
    75
    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
    75
    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
    63
    The end results are mixed but nevertheless scintillating and provocative enough to be worth taking seriously.

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  1. Oct 1, 2015
    4
    Gerhard Richter Painting gets low marks due to the lazy filmmaking (with the boom coming into shots) and is overall not very good as aGerhard Richter Painting gets low marks due to the lazy filmmaking (with the boom coming into shots) and is overall not very good as a documentary. It gets interesting in a few spots but overall feels flat. See Jiro Dreams of Sushi as a positive example of a documentary about a man and his dedication to his work. Note that this review reflects on the film and not its subject. Expand

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