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GRIMM is proud to announce Daniel Richter’s first solo exhibition with the gallery in New York and his fourth with the gallery.

Daniel Richter (DE, 1962) is a Berlin-based painter who has an extensive history exhibiting in both Europe and the United States; in the last decade, he has had five international, solo museum exhibitions. His upcoming exhibition will feature a selection of new paintings which embody the artist’s propulsive approach to figuration. The interplay of strongly-defined silhouettes and the subtle gradations of the background create a balance between abstraction and figuration. Undercurrents of violence, isolation and awkwardness are indicated through a painterly language that deals in both absurdity and surrealism. The tension played out within Richter’s large-scale compositions is elevated by the colors and forms he uses and lends the works a ludic quality.

The forthcoming group of paintings are a continuation of Daniel Richter’s radical 2015 departure from his earlier style. The new works combine oil stick line silhouettes with patches of color and dictate figurative shapes moving alongside one another upon backgrounds of subtle gradations of color and color fields. “I wanted to get away from a certain kind of narration and from the theatre stage and from the burden of already knowing what I’m about to do”, Richter says of the series. “When I started in the 90’s, I was mainly interested in the idea of how chaotic or crammed a painting can be: to the point that it collapses. And then I also had an interest in doing something that I would call image-related. Image in relation to ideology and the production of ideology and clichés.”

Richter maintains that the dichotomy between abstract and figurative painting is a constructed fiction, since the formal problems of color and composition remain constant. This framework for thinking about painting continues to inform the development of Richter’s work and will be further explored in the upcoming exhibition at GRIMM New York.

Opening: 12 November 2019, 6-8pm


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