The film will be screened at the Parrish Art Museum’s Lichtenstein Theater 

Film still from Gerhard Richter Painting 


WATER MILL, NY 3/22/2021—The Parrish Art Museum will screen the documentary Gerhard Richter Painting (2012, 97 minutes), a thrilling illustration of the German contemporary artist’s creative process, on Friday, April 2, 6pm. The second documentary about Richter by filmmaker Corinna Belz, it chronicles the artist as he creates a series of large-scale abstract canvasses. The film is presented in the Museum’s Lichtenstein Theater to a limited audience, following social distancing and other COVID protocols.  Advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is required; tickets are $15 general admission, $5 for Parrish Members; free for students.

“I’m delighted to invite our audiences to dive into the meditative world of one of the most sought-after painters today and follow his artistic process, stroke by stroke. It is a wonderful way to share this experience on a large screen in our Theater as we all come out of Zoom and Netflix fatigue,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.

Considered one of the world’s greatest living painters, Richter has spent over 50 years experimenting with a range of techniques and ideas, exploring chance procedures while addressing historical crises and mass media representation. Gerhard Richter Painting reveals the 79-year-old artist’s method of using fat brushes and a massive squeegee to apply and scrape off layers and layers of paint. This mesmerizing footage of his highly charged process of creation and destruction is interspersed with rare archival material, and intimate conversations with his critics, collaborators, and American gallerist Marian Goodman.  


Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter (German, b.1932) attended the Dresden Art Academy then worked as a mural painter before his focus shifted to the Abstract Expressionist and Informel work he saw on trips to West Germany. In 1961, he fled East Germany to Düsseldorf, where he studied with Karl Otto Götz and worked with artists including Sigmar Polke, Konrad Fischer-Lueg, and Georg Baselitz, forming the group the Capitalist Realists. At their first exhibition in 1963, he presented his gray “photo-paintings,” which remain some of his most groundbreaking work. In the mid-‘60s, Richter began to paint his Color Charts and Grey Paintings, both experiments with chance and technique. In 1972, he represented Germany at the Venice Biennale with a series called 48 Portraits. Over the next 30 years, Richter used various techniques and tools to build up cumulative layers of color, eschewing composition in favor of a decisive element of chance.  


Corinna Belz

Corinna Belz studied philosophy, art history, and media sciences in Cologne, Zurich, and at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her documentary filmmaking credits include the features Life After Microsoft (2001) and Three Wishes, Three Women, One Year (2005, co-directed with Bärbel Maiwurm), as well as a segment of 24 Hours Berlin (2009). Belz’s first film about Richter, a 2007 short called Gerhard Richter’s Window, documented the creation of his pixelated stained glass window in the Cologne Cathedral.


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Additional support provided by Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.  


Lichtenstein Theater

 Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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