When your artistic career spans more then five decades, that usually means one of two things: either you've become rather good at something in particular, or you've tried it all. In Gerhard Richter's case, it's fair to say that both and neither apply. That is, he's exceptional at many different methods of putting paint on a canvas.
In the first major exhibition of his work in Australia, Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images assembles more than 90 of his pieces from the past 50 years-plus to demonstrate the extent of the German artist's talents. First, witness the trademark blur of his photo-like paintings, which result from using soft brushes to whip up versions of projected snaps. Then, view his abstract efforts layered over images of extermination camps. In between, gaze at portraits, landscapes, photographs, sketches, collages and cuttings.
Running from October 14 to February 4, the end result provides an insight not only into Richter's phenomenal work, but into his process. To help with delving into the latter, the program also includes two documentaries that will alternate each weekend.
Image: Gerhard Richter; Germany b.1932. Ella (903-1) 2007. Oil on canvas. 40 x 31cm. Private Collection © Gerhard Richter 2017