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Gerhard Richter Documentary: 50 Years of Painting

9 Nov 201113 Nov 2011

A documentary by award-winning director Gerald Fox which charts the career of Germany’s most celebrated contemporary painter. The film was produced in 2003 in conjunction with Richter’s popular American retrospective at MOMA, entitled 40 Years of Painting. Fox made this film with the artist at his home in Cologne where he was undergoing a period of quiet reflection and preparation before beginning a new series of paintings.

Richter has been described as the world’s most influential artist and an extensive retrospective of his work is currently on display at Tate Modern. Born in Dresden in 1932, Gerhard grew up in communist East Germany before escaping to the West just before the Wall went up in Berlin. Since then he has produced a diverse body of work, from his blurred photo-based paintings and gigantic abstractions to his Bader Meinhof series and perceptual installations using mirrors and glass.

Gerald Fox is an artist and filmmaker who has won major awards for his films about the world’s leading contemporary artists including Gilbert and George, Claes Oldenburg, Christian Boltanski, Marc Quinn, Gerhard Richter, Robert Frank and Bill Viola. His awards include a BAFTA, The Royal Television Society Best Arts Film, The Grierson Best Arts Documentary, The Grand Prize at The Festival of Films on Art in Montreal and The Prix Italia. All his films were shown in the UK on ITV’s longstanding arts series, The South Bank Show, and internationally on television, in major film festivals and cinemas.

Gerhard Richter: 50 Years of Painting is screened on the hour, every hour from 12 noon - 6pm (8pm Thursday) during opening hours.

Dir Gerald Fox, 2003, 55mins.

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