Herbert R. Hartel, Jr.
HERBERT R. HARTEL, JR. received his doctorate in modern, contemporary and American art from the CUNY Graduate Center and his B.A. in studio art and art history from Queens College. He has taught at Hofstra University, Baruch College, John Jay College, and Parsons School of Design. He has published articles in Source: Notes in the History of Art, Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, and New York History, and numerous reviews in The Art Book and Cassone: The Online Magazine of Art. He is particularly interested in 20th century American art, abstraction, and symbolism
DEMYSTIFYING GERHARD RICHTERS GESTURAL ABSTRACTION
by Herbert R. Hartel, Jr.
Painting in the Gap between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art
In the mid-1970s, Gerhard Richter began making large, colorful, tactile abstract paintings whose sketchy, rough, and blurry effects make us aware of the tools and techniques used and the complicated pictorial thinking involved. These paintings have been described as gestural or painterly, although Richter refers to them as his Abstracts, and they now constitute the largest and most consistent portion of his enormous, erratic oeuvre.