Release date: December 6, 2002
|What||On Saturday, January 11 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will present two musical performances and readings from the artists who collaborated on RICHTER 858, a book of poems, essays and music inspired by and specially commissioned for the Gerhard Richter series of paintings, Abstract Pictures (858), currently on view at the Museum through April 1, 2003.|
|Who||Musicians: Bill Frisell, guitars and electronics; Jenny Scheinman, violin; Eyvind Kang, viola; Hank Roberts, cello perform Frisell's composition, Richter 858|
Poets: Robert Hass, Dean Young, Brenda Hillman, W.S. Di Piero, Paul Hoover, David Breskin read their poems from Richter 858
|When||Saturday, January 11, 2003 / 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.|
|Where||Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA|
|Tickets||$30 general; $25 SFMOMA members, students with ID, and seniors. Tickets available online at www.tickets.com or at SFMOMA|
|Background||One of the rare groups of Richter abstractions to remain fully intact, Abstract Pictures (858-1 through 858-8) consists of eight intensely colored and formally complex paintings, which were among the first works completed by the artist in the summer of 1999, after recovering from a serious illness. Compelled by these worksand with the artist's blessingwriter, editor and record producer David Breskin created RICHTER 858 as both investigation and celebration of this suite of pictures in particular, and Richter abstraction in general.|
The book presents a unique mix of image, music, and text:
Renowned guitarist and composer Bill Frisell contributes a musical responseone song inspired by each paintingin the setting of a 21st-century string quartet (violin, viola, cello, guitars and electronics)
Thirteen American poetsamong them two Pulitzer Prize winners, five MacArthur and six Guggenheim Foundation fellows and a former Poet Laureate of the United Statesoffer a dynamic range of poetry triggered by the paintings
Noted art critics Dave Hickey and Klaus Kertess provide insightful essays, which are complemented by a sampling of Richter's own thoughts on painting, process and abstraction over a 40-year period
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