Courtesy of Anthony and Celeste Meier
© Gerhard Richter
An undisputed modern master, Gerhard Richter moves among painting styles with astounding ease, creating stunning examples of photorealism as well as minimalistic abstractions. Despite this stylistic fluency, Richter's confident hand, keen eye, and profound thoughtfulness weave through his works as common threads, readily identifying an oeuvre that is uniquely his.
In 2002 SFMOMA hosted a widely celebrated Richter retrospective, featuring several key pieces from the museum's collection, that chronicled four decades of his career. His accomplishments also include a major traveling retrospective in 2011, organized by Tate Modern; a monumental stained-glass window commissioned for the Cologne Cathedral in Germany; and the Golden Lion at the 1997 Venice Biennale. His work is included in numerous international collections, including those of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.