Gerhard Richter

 Publications on Gerhard Richter continue to appear at a remarkable pace. The artist’s webpage lists five books published in 2010, and eighteen in 2009 alone. There is also an official YouTube channel: GerhardRichterVideos.

To list only a few of the most recent books:

According to the Marian Goodman website:

In the last two years several prominent solo museum exhibitions of Richter’s work have recently been on view in Europe, including in 2008 Gerhard Richter: Abstract Paintings, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris; Gerhard Richter: Opening of the Richter Room at the Tate Modern, Tate Modern, London; Gerhard Richter: 48 Portraits, DePont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands; Gerhard Richter: Paintings 1963-2007, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; Gerhard Richter: 4900 Colors, Serpentine Gallery, London; Gerhard Richter: Overpainted Photographs, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, which traveled later to Centre de la photographie, Geneva, and Fundacion Telefonica in 2009; and Gerhard Richter: Abstract Paintings, Museum Ludwig, Cologne which traveled to Haus der Kunst, Munich in 2009.

This past year, in 2009, solo shows have included: Gerhard Richter: Retrospective at the Albertina, Vienna; Gerhard Richter: Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London; Richter en France, Musee de Grenoble, Grenoble; and Gerhard Richter: Paintings from Private Collections, MKM, Duisburg, and others.

One might well ask what implications such a volume of production carries for historiographical practice.