One of the world’s greatest living painters, the German artist Gerhard Richter has spent over half a century experimenting with a tremendous range of techniques and ideas. Infamously media-shy, he agreed to appear on camera…
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I am not a painter, but as a person who enjoys looking at paintings, I think that abstract painting is more extraordinary than realistic painting. It is because in realistic painting, we can judge whether the painting is good or not based on the similarity to the actual object; but in abstraction, the painter can make something that doesn't have a particular shape into something that is aesthetically pleasing to see.
Despite finding myself craving for more insight into Richter's art, I do appreciate the filmmaker's not so successful approach to his unfathomable universe. The docu happened to be aptly titled if we see it this way: Gerhard Richter Painting - Richter being painted as the film shows, which made Belz an artist herself, bringing out without a clue Richter's seemingly haphazard creative process on her cinematic canvas.
✺ I find the idea of a documentary featuring a subject that seems to be legitimately uncomfortable on camera to be SO amusing ✺ If anything, this movie is worth it to see the practical day-to-day of an insanely wealthy artist: his assistants clean his paint before he uses it! ✺ His techniques are genuinely interesting ✺
He destroyed every painting I loved, as if he could hear me looking through the screen. And then, he made it better. Made it live. Made it truthful, not just beautiful, or bright. And then I understood. Utterly fascinating.
Utterly boring with nothing to say about his own art, nor art in general. Too bad, I've read historians' writings on his work that rendered much deeper philosophies to his practice. But in reality there is none. That, or he's gone senile.