Art and Film: The lives of artists

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s film Never Look Away concerns a German painter named Kurt Barnert (the charismatic Tom Schilling), but it is an unabashed interpretation of Gerhard Richter’s life. Its style is seductively elegant and its script at once discursive and oblique – qualities that make the story’s ugly intrigue … read more… “Art and Film: The lives of artists”

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“Part of an artist’s job is to do something that hasn’t been done before, not something that has been done to death.”

In the NY Times, Roberta Smith writes that déjà vu is an occupational hazard of art criticism. “You walk out of one gallery and into another only to see what appears to be the show you just left, all over again….Yet, as art formulas go, nothing beats paintings based on photographs. There must be hundreds … read more… ““Part of an artist’s job is to do something that hasn’t been done before, not something that has been done to death.””

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Richter’s automaton paintings

Gerhard Richter’s new project, “4900 Colours,” comprises 196 square panels of 25 coloured squares that can be reconfigured in a number of variations, from one large-scale piece to multiple, smaller paintings. Richter has developed a new configuration of the panels especially for this exhibition, formed of 49 paintings of 100 squares.“In The Telegraph, Alastair Sooke … read more… “Richter’s automaton paintings”

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Richter “happy it wasn’t a failure”

Gerhard Richter’s Cologne Cathedral south transept window, unveiled this week with a special mass. Cologne, Germany. On artnet, Kimberly Bradley reports: “Prior to the unveiling, some observers had thought Richter’s design too modern and abstract. But three clerestory windows in the south and north part of the chancel — produced around 1300 — contain a … read more… “Richter “happy it wasn’t a failure””

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Churches draw on the spiritual inspiration of contemporary artists

Valerie Gladstone points out in the NYTimes Travel section: “As a wave of contemporary art installations is being unveiled in cathedrals, churches and chapels across Europe, religious spaces are once again becoming showcases for many artists. In the last year alone, the abstract Spanish artist Miguel Barceló completed a ceramic panorama for the St. Pere … read more… “Churches draw on the spiritual inspiration of contemporary artists”

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