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Following in the steps of Gerhard Richter’s catalogue raisonné of drawings, published 20 years ago, HENI Publishing’s new monograph devoted to Richter’s recent drawings illustrates 80 works produced between 1999 and 2021. Drawings 1999–2021 highlights a recent period of extraordinary creativity and inventiveness that includes expansive series of graphite drawings on paper, vivid works in ink and overpainted photographs of forests. Like the accompanying exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London, this publication offers a rare chance to study the most intimate aspect of the artist’s work.
Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) 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 (MoMA), 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.
Michael Newman is Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmith’s University, London. As both an art historian and critic Newman has written extensively on contemporary art, focusing in particular on the image in its relation to language, the question of how art works manifest themselves and the traces and archive of the event.
Anna L. Dallapiccola
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