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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.