An icon of not only German, but international art, Gerhard Richter needs no introduction. For nearly seventy years, he has been wowing the art world with his works that quite literally blur the lines between photograph and painting. Richter's life beyond art has been just as dynamic as his works, including a harrowing escape from East to West Germany, and you can learn with Context just how his experiences have impacted his art. Join Sabry Amroussi as he brings you through a journey detailing Richter's historic career, his trends and themes, his critical highs and lows, and the impact he has on artists today. Gerhard Richter's lengthy career coupled with Sabry's signature wit and energy will bring the works to life and leave you with a deeper understanding, a sharper eye, and a more personal knowledge of Richter as both a man and an artist.
As the most expensive, and arguably most important, painter alive, fifty years of history will come together in this compelling conversation. You will not only learn about Richter's most famous works, but be exposed to lesser-known, but equally-impressive pieces as well. A lifelong admirer of Richter, Sabry Amroussi will discuss and analyze the career of this monolithic figure, starting with his early works in the 1950s, and spanning styles and topics including photo-paintings, abstracts, landscapes, seascapes, portraits, color charts, grey paintings, glass and mirror works, sculptures, drawings, and photographs, providing the definitive account of Richter's achievements from a critical art history perspective.
Sabry Amroussi is an art historian and writer living and working in Amsterdam. He specializes in the art of the Dutch Golden Age, mainly in the works of Rembrandt and his school, and has a keen interest in the Jewish history of Amsterdam. He lectures and teaches on both subjects and gives art historical tours all across Europe. As a true omnivore when it comes to art, culture, and even cuisine, he has worked with and for major museums and collectors, such as the LACMA, Rijksmuseum, van Gogh Museum and the P de Boer collection in Amsterdam. As a guide for Context, he is eager to share this knowledge in real life, always with a big scoop of humor, ofter intermingling art with social life, cuisine, and history.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.