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DANIEL RICHTER
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER

5 SEPTEMBER - 28 SEPTEMBER 2018

37 DOVER STREET, LONDON W1S 4NJ
 
 
 
 

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London presents an exhibition of new work by the German artist Daniel Richter, who has shaped painting in Germany for over two decades. I Should Have Known Better is Richter’s first solo exhibition in London following the artist’s major mid-career retrospective which opened at the Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk, Denmark in 2016.

The exhibition takes its title from a 1979 song by the British Post-Punk band Wire. Music acts as the framework for his painting process; “I don’t care about colours, it’s more like a sound that I think of”, Richter says, “there can be systemic elements, quiet elements, and variations on a theme.”

This vibrant group of large-scale oil paintings constitute the next experimental step in a visual language which the artist has developed throughout his career. Following his formative years as a designer of record sleeves for radical German punk bands, Richter’s paintings have synthesised art history, mass media, politics, sex and contemporary culture into ever-changing pictorial worlds.

Lines of crayon-oil contour patches of colour to reveal body-like shapes: spread legs, arched backs, grasping hands and wide-open mouths can be deciphered. Richter explains: “My concern is with the surface, this flat, tangled, never-changing scheme of figure constellations, in and out”. The figures seem to levitate and collide. The cannibalising shapes convey a sense of abstraction, which is reinforced by the background’s subtle gradations of colours.

 

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