RICHTER 858: Eight Abstract Pictures

The Shifting Foundation

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David Breskin, Dave Hickey & Klaus Kertess.

Hardcover in slipcase | 43.7 x 2.5 x 32 cm | 120 pp

The Shifting Foundation/SFMOMA | 2002 | 9780971861008 

Includes an Audio CD of music by Bill Frisell.

New book in excellent condition

Box - Non-mint condition

Edition of 3433 copies

Gerhard Richter's abstractions are profound and beautiful, though perplexing. After all these years, they still present a curious challenge: what, exactly, are they? they?RICHTER 858 explores this question by focusing on one suite of extraordinary pictures painted in 1999, soon after his return to work after a silence caused by a stroke.

Both investigation and celebration, this book brings together image, music and text in a uniquely compelling way: contributors include the great guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, two sharp-eyed critics, and a baker's dozen of prominent, award-winning poets. Housed in an aluminIum slipcase, this lavish, oversized volume features sumptuous and accurate reproductions of the eight paintings at more than half-scale. In addition, the paintings are presented unbound on heavy paper in a pocket at the back of the book allowing readers to mix, match, and re-present the work for themselves outside the confines of the printed volume. Forty details from the paintings are reproduced in large-format, accompanied by the poems and texts.  Additionally, a double gatefold opens to show all eight paintings in panoramic view. In essence, RICHTER 858 presents an elegant, if raucous, meeting ground for this most important of contemporary artists and a diverse chorus of American music, poetry, and criticism.


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