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Gerhard Richter
War Cut
HC, 21 x 25,5 cm., 324 pp.
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König 2004

In May 2002 Gerhard Richter photographed 216 details of his abstract painting no. 648-2 from 1987. Working on a long table over a period of several weeks, Richter then combined these 10x15 cm detailed shots with 165 texts on the Iraq war published in the FAZ (newspaper) on March 20th an 21st. The book follows an ever denser rhythm in which texts and gaps take up the same amount of space as the pictures: a strictly composed work of open to closed layout and its mirror image - a conceptual and, simultaneously, very sensual artist's book.

 


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