French Language Edition
- October 2011
- 248 x 248 mm | 9.8 x 9.8 in
- HB | 200pp
- 177 colour & b/w
The Cage paintings were conceived as a single coherent group, and displayed for the first time at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Their titles, Cage (1) – (6), pay homage to the American avant- garde composer John Cage (1912–92). In his “Lecture on Nothing”, Cage famously declared “I have nothing to say and I’m saying it”. Richter is equally suspicious of ideologies and any claim to absolute truth. He shies away from giving psychological interpretations to his paintings, preferring to allow viewers and critics to make up their own minds.
Leading critic Robert Storr considers the importance of the Cage paintings within Richter’s practice and within the wider context of abstract art. A series of extraordinary, detailed photographs document the development of each painting, day by day, and show the artist at work on these monumental canvases, giving unique insight into his working methods.
Gerhard Richter is a German artist who lives and works in Cologne, Germany. Considered to be one of the most eminent artists of the present day, Richter’s impressive career spans five decades. Richter has exhibited internationally, including a major retrospective, Panorama, at Tate Modern, London in 2012.