Gerhard Richter: New York 2023



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This highly anticipated catalogue, accompanying Gerhard Richter’s first exhibition with David Zwirner, presents Richter’s last paintings along with his recent explorations in drawing, printing, and sculpture.


“[His last paintings] can feel almost like exquisite texts to be read. . . . Their freshness and spontaneity feels like a new beginning.” – Roberta Smith, The New York Times


Known for his abstract and realist paintings, Gerhard Richter has pursued a diverse and influential practice characterized by a decades-long commitment to the medium and its formal and conceptual possibilities. This remarkable book celebrates the breadth of Richter’s newest bodies of work and archives a historical moment in the artist’s career.

Full-color plates and installation views showcase a selection of the artist’s final works on canvas-made just before he announced his retirement from oil painting in 2017-alongside an expansive suite of new drawings made with ink, graphite, and colored pencil on paper, a remarkable series of chromatic inkjet prints titled mood, and a stunning glass sculpture that debuted at the exhibition in New York. A newly commissioned essay by Dieter Schwarz, one of the foremost experts on Richter’s oeuvre, illustrates the artist’s path toward his newest bodies of work, revealing the creative process behind his iconic practice.

Additional information

Weight 1366 g
Dimensions 24.9 x 30.7 cm
Publisher name David Zwirner Books
Publication date 16 January 2024
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by David Zwirner, Text by Dieter Schwarz
Dimensions 24.9 x 30.7 cm
Weight 1366 g


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Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) was born in Dresden, Germany. He studied art at the Dresden Hochschule für Bildende Künste from 1951 to 1956, with mural painting as his concentration. In 1959, he visited documenta II, held in Kassel, Germany, an experience that inspired him to alter his artistic trajectory. After his escape from East Germany in 1961, he completed a second course of study at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. There, he united with his fellow students Sigmar Polke, Konrad Lueg, and Manfred Kuttner to collectively form the short-lived "Capitalist Realism" group. Work by Richter is held in important public and private collections worldwide and was most recently included in major exhibitions at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

Dieter Schwarz is a curator and writer. He has organized numerous exhibitions and contributed to publications on artists from early modernity to the present, including Pierre Bonnard, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, and Robert Ryman.