Book publisher Taschen celebrates the 200th title in its Basic Art series with a volume on the work of Gerhard Richter.
The series began in 1985 with the very first original Taschen publication and inaugural Basic Art title, Picasso. Since then 200 titles, translated into some 20 languages, have offered an introductory who’s who of art history, architecture, and design, claiming to be the world’s best-selling art book collection.
Each title from the Basic Art Series provides a comprehensive introduction to a significant artist, architect, or designer. The publications offer a detailed chronological summary of the artist’s life and work and analyse their historical importance and cultural legacy. Readers are taken through the subjects’ biographies and become familiar with key works illustrated in high quality reproductions. From Bauhaus to Basquiat, the series includes books on Bacon, Eames, Gaudí, Haring, de Lempicka, Dalí, Klimt, Koons, Leonardo da Vinci, Monet, O’Keeffe, Kahlo, Mies van der Rohe, Pop Art, Rothko, Surrealism and much more.
The series originated as A4 size folios but recent Basic Art titles come in a much more manageable hardcover size, but still at economy prices.
Gerhard Richter, by Klaus Honnef, details the work of the German artist who widened horizons in the relationship between painting and reality. From early photographic paintings, along with his famous RAF cycle, to late abstract paintings, experiencing Richter’s work always offers us the unexpected and unseen. Where he once set out to liberate the medium from ideological ballast, today, faced with the overwhelming presence of digital images, he shows us the unsurpassed impact and intensity of painting. A definitive introduction to one of the greatest artists of our time spanning not only his entire career, but also 50 years of cultural, economic, and political events.
Klaus Honnef was honorary professor of photography theory at the Kassel Art Academy. He was one of the organisers of documenta 5 and documenta 6 in Kassel, and has been the curator of more than 500 exhibitions in Germany and abroad. He has written numerous books, including Taschen’s Contemporary Art, Andy Warhol, and Pop Art.
Hardcover, 21 x 26 cm, 96 pages
There are Gerhard Richter exhibitions at MoMA, New York opening on March 1st 2020, and at Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna from October 14th, 2020 – January 24th, 2021.