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 see others balk(ing) at the fact that Mr. Richter shows (how he does it), but doesn't tell (much about... whatever). This doc's about his process w/ a bit of context added. In the end, I feel extremely fortunate that Mr. Richter allowed for this doc to happen, since it's obvious the camera's presence pains him. Still, now that I've glimpsed at his process, I appreciate his work ever more so.
I don't see how you can make this sort of subject matter for a film any more entertaining. I liked the fact that there was very little focus on the artist's life. I did not know anything about the Richter's paintings before the film and felt captivated by his process. The films gaze felt spot on and drew me in. I would have like to seen more of how Richter felt his paintings were affected by his being filmed.
✺ 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 ✺
A close look into the process of perhaps the greatest painter alive today. Unfortunately the painter himself is far more interesting than the documentary. The parts depicting his work process gives an even higher appreciation of his work, but Richter at times clearly seems uncomfortable in front of a camera. The film thereby only gives a partial portrait of a modern master.
the title says it all, and mr. richter says almost nothing in addition. which is fine, since the few times he speaks, he offers little more than warmed-over formalist platitudes. otherwise, he seems pleasant enough. and watching him paint is cool. you'll know within 10 minutes whether or not this is the movie for you.
A glimpse into the creation behind new works by Gerhard Richter visiting his studio in Germany as well as being witness to some gallery shows over the last four years. Interesting in seeing that Richter constantly self critiques and doesn't seem to know exactly where the canvas is going and when he's done with it. Often as an audience member we wince when he again whitewashes or adds another layer to a work.