Stanley Kauffmann on Films: Devotions
The New Republic - almost 5 years
Gerhard Richter Painting
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Only a few months after a German documentary about a famous artist, Anselm Kiefer, here is another from Germany about a famous artist. Gerhard Richter Painting is, like the earlier film, a kind of residence with its subject rather than a report. Corinna Belz, the director, in fact spent three years off and on with Richter, with his beginnings of works, his changes, his resumptions, his conclusions. She had made an earlier short film about Richter, and evidently she had his full confidence. He is at ease, both at work and in talk, absorbed in the doing, frank but reticent in speech. In response to questions, he keeps saying that one cannot talk about painting, yet he keeps trying to do it in a modest, honest, unprescriptive way.
Now in his eighties, long past the arrival of fame and long comfortable with it, Richter, wearing workman’s dress in his huge studio, moves slowly without bursts of “inspiration.” This is e
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