November – Gerhard Richter

November – Gerhard Richter


January 2015
EN ISBN 9780993010316
DE ISBN 9780993010323
218 x 315 mm
72 pages
54 illustrations

A series of 54 ink drawings by German artist Gerhard Richter created in the month of November 2008.

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Following the limited edition hardback November title published in 2013 by HENI Publishing, the paperback edition has been released in both English and German languages to the trade.

November presents German artist Gerhard Richter’s series of the same name – comprised of 54 ink drawings – so called due to their creation throughout the month of November in 2008. Richter assumed this method after accidentally dripping ink on to a sheet of highly absorbent paper and realising that two related images formed on the front and back. He then began to manipulate the ink in various ways – changing its consistency and applying lacquer or pencil to add further detail. Reworking this method on 27 sheets of paper, he was able to create 54 images in total, presented here as facsimiles, so that both sides of each piece of paper can be viewed at the same time. These are labelled with the date that they were produced and arranged in order.

The book also contains an overview of the series, featuring thumbnails of each of the works. Following this is a text by Dieter Schwarz – Director of the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland­ – detailing Richter’s wider practice, and more specifically, the relevance of November to this.

About the artist

Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden, Germany. He studied at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts and then the Düsseldorf Art Academy. His work has been the subject of exhibitions internationally, including touring retrospectives at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Tate, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among many others. Richter has experimented with sculpture, photography, drawing and, notably, painting. Aided by the diversity of his media, the artist has continuously examined the nature of imagery, highlighting in particular the contingency of representation.


Dieter Schwarz is curator, author and consultant for modern and contemporary art based in Zurich, Germany.