David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by German artist Daniel Richter. This will be the artist's second solo exhibition at the gallery and will feature a selection of paintings and works on paper. Richter is currently the focus of an expansive survey, which traveled in 2007 from Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany to Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Den Haag, The Netherlands. The exhibition opens at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain in April and continues in the fall to the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, his first solo museum exhibition in the United States.
When Daniel Richter entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg in the early 1990s, the previously untrained artist viewed art as an opportunity to combine "freedom–as vague or idealistic as that concept may be–with aimlessness."¹ He first became known for his colorful abstract paintings, exploring superficiality and excessive ornamentation via patterning, repetition, arabesques, drips, and graffiti outlines. The artist garnered critical success in 1999 when he introduced large-scale figurative paintings. Despite the perceived departure, Richter actively maintains that the dichotomy between abstract and figurative painting is a constructed fiction, since the formal problems of color and composition remain constant.
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