sexta-feira, 26 de julho de 2013

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter - Confrontation 2 (1988)
"The three paintings entitled Confrontation 1–3 [...] show Gudrun Ensslin, a German terrorist of the Red Army Faction (RAF). The paintings refer to a chronological sequence of photographs, which were taken at Essen prison after Ensslin's arrest in summer 1972. When transforming the photographical source images into paint, Richter cropped the image decisively: whereas the standing Ensslin is captured full length in the photographs, in the paintings only the upper part of her body is depicted – in almost life-size.
 In cropping the image, Richter reduces any information about Ensslin's surroundings. He forgoes another detail in addition: in the photograph that shows Ensslin looking directly at the beholder, she carries a number plate in her hand, which corresponds with Richter's original title Gegenüberstellung (= identity parade)."


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