Artist: Gerhard Richter
Style: Abstract Expressionism
Displayed in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., “Abstract Painting 780-1” was a departure from Richter’s abstract paintings in grey-textured monochrome. Employing one of his non-conventional methods, he used squeegees on technicolour covered canvases to spread the colours all across. Richter created a sense of depth through repeated layering of colours. Instead of segregating figurative art from abstraction, he melted the two styles together to create perplexing imagery. These paintings in some way, also represented the shift of Richter’s surroundings, from dogmatic socialism in East Germany to the Fluxus aesthetics residing in West Germany. He applied these techniques over photographs and made what were referred to as ‘overpainted photographs’. In 1962, his painting, ‘Table’, was the first major work from him where he played with this conflicts of photorealism and abstraction.