International Artists Deal with Unsharpness in "Blur After Richter" at Hamburger Kunsthalle


HAMBURG.- Blurred surfaces, dissolving contours, hazy appearances and indistinct motifs: More and more often images that are out of focus appear in both contemporary painting and photography. Like no other artist, Gerhard Richter (*1932) has been employing the effect of blurring in his art since the 1960s. Apart from selected figural and abstract paintings the exhibition presents photographs and a film by Richter (Volker Bradke, 1966), to reveal that the phenomenon of the out-of-focus appearance, mostly generated by the painterly treatment of photographic models, is a central theme throughout his entire career. In the process of (un-)finishing his paintings, Richter raises questions about what a picture is able to reflect at all, whether it carries a signification or if it merely represents its own, seductively beautiful surface. For quite some time, the theme of the blurred image is no longer exclusive to Gerhard Richter. As the many, differing works in the exhibition show, th