Gerhard Richter

Forty Years of Painting

Gerhard Richter

Lesende (Reader), 1994
Oil on linen
Collection SFMOMA, purchased through the gifts of Mimi and Peter Haas and Helen and Charles Schwab, and the Accessions Committee Fund
© Gerhard Richter.

October 12, 2002 - January 14, 2003

Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting presents a full-scale survey of paintings by the influential German artist Gerhard Richter. The exhibition features approximately 140 paintings from every phase of Richter's career, from 1962 to the present — with several major works from SFMOMA's permanent collection — demonstrating the artist's mastery of diverse genres including gestural abstraction, landscape, portraiture, and photo-based painting. It is the most comprehensive presentation of the artist's work since the 1988 mid-career exhibition organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario. The exhibition will travel to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2003 - May 18, 2003) after it closes at SFMOMA.

Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting was organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York and made possible by Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder with generous support from Mimi and Peter Haas. An indemnity has been granted by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional funding is provided by Leila and Melville Straus and The Contemporary Arts Council and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

Public programs for the exhibition are co-sponsored by Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes, San Francisco.

Support for SFMOMA's presentation has been generously provided by Wells Fargo, Helen and Charles Schwab, Martha and Bruce Atwater, Doris and Donald Fisher, Mimi and Peter Haas, Pat and Bill Wilson, and Doug and Jane Wolf. Hotel sponsor: Hotel Palomar Media sponsor: Classical 102.1 KDFC.