The Richter Interviews – Hans Ulrich Obrist

The Richter Interviews – Hans Ulrich Obrist


April 2019
ISBN 9781912122240
210 x 150 mm
176 pages
60 illustrations

A series of seven interviews between art curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and visual artist Gerhard Richter.

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Don’t be easily led astray, and don’t give up believing in art.
— advice to young painters, Gerhard Richter

The Richter Interviews collects together a series of conversations between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Gerhard Richter over the course of more than two decades of discussion and collaboration. Subjects range from Richter’s place within art history to artists’ books, architecture, religion, unrealised projects and his advice for young artists. The collection also includes a previously unpublished interview focused on Richter’s much-lauded window for Cologne Cathedral, unveiled in 2007.

Obrist’s vast knowledge and interrogating mind coupled with his longstanding friendship with Richter make him a unique interlocutor for an artist whose work spans more than 60 years and ranges from painting to photography, glass to printmaking, watercolours to books. Obrist deftly guides the reader through a dazzling array of topics and offers an invaluable historical perspective on Richter’s place within the art world of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Illustrations of discussed artworks by Richter feature throughout the texts for visual reference – making this an indispensable guide to the thinking and creative processes of one of the world’s most admired artists.


About the author

Hans Ulrich Obrist is a world-renowned curator and the artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. Alongside his curatorial practice, Obrist has written extensively on and around contemporary art, with a particular interest in the interview format.

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.