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This invaluable new documentary offers an unprecedented look at the life and work of one of the world's most important living artists.
Toronto International Film Festival 2011
Corinna Belz's fascinating new documentary offers an unprecedented glimpse inside the studios of Gerhard Richter, widely acknowledged as one of the world's most important living artists. Famously cranky and iconoclastic, the seventy-nine-year-old Richter directs a stream of pithy barbs towards Belz and her camera as he works on a series of giant abstract paintings. In quiet, concentrated sequences of intense observation, the film conveys the electric thrill and suspense of artistic creation as Richter contemplates, rejects, rethinks and sometimes destroys his works, only to begin anew. A penetrating insight into the artistic process, Gerhard Richter Painting is both an invaluable portrait of an artist at work and an intriguing cinematic essay on the art of seeing.