Daniel Richter

  • Radical Figures Painting in the New Millennium
    February 6, 2020 - May 10, 2020
    Whitechapel Gallery
    77-82 Whitechapel High St
    E1 7QX London

    Since painting was pronounced dead in the 1980s, a new generation of artists has been revitalising the expressive potential of figuration. Charging their vibrant canvases with a social and political undertow, they echo the words of Philip Guston: ‘I got sick and tired of all that Purity. I wanted to tell stories’.

    The paintings of Daniel Richter (b. 1962, Germany) draw from current events – the migrant crisis or Taliban mythology – as do Michael Armitage’s (b. 1984, Kenya) narratives of politics and violence in East Africa, equivocally conveyed in the lush, exoticised style of Gauguin. The rollicking surfaces of Cecily Brown’s (b. 1969, UK) canvases congeal into figures, whose sources range from pornography to art history, before dissolving back into painterly marks.

    Nicole Eisenman’s (b. 1965, France) protagonists occupy a brightly lit universe that is both dream and nightmare, while Dana Schutz’s (b. 1976, USA) contorted figures give form to unconscious drives. Tala Madani’s (b. 1981, Iran) primal fantasies of abject men and children shift from comedy to debasement, from paint to shit. Sanya Kantarovsky (b. 1982, Russia) and Ryan Mosley (b. 1980, UK) look to art history, literature and children’s stories in their darkly humorous and carnivalesque scenes.

    Artists also critique from within or expand on the styles and subjects of canonical male painters. In Christina Quarles’s (b. 1985, USA) canvases, groups of polymorphous nudes are intimately entwined, merging with graphically patterned surfaces. Tschabalala Self (b. 1990, USA) pieces together paint, fabric and print for a cast of characters inspired by the streets of Harlem. Exuberant and explicit, each artist revels in the expressive potential of paint.

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  • Lonely Old Slogans
    July 2, 2017 - September 17, 2017
    Camden Arts Centre
    Arkwright Road
    London NW3 6DG

    Since the 1990s, Daniel Richter has shaped painting in Germany as few others have done. The question of how painting can react to the political, social and media realities of today serves as starting point for Richter’s artistic work. Through the intersection of art historical, mass media and popular culture clichés, Richter creates idiosyncratic worlds and images of unstable realities.

    Lonely Old Slogans traces Richter’s earliest, colour-intensive abstract improvisations through to his figurative works, described by the artist as a new form of history painting. Since 2000, he has painted narrative scenes filled with figures, often inspired by reproductions from newspapers or history books. These works convey the complex atmosphere of a moment, rather than depicting historical events or celebrating political utopias, foregrounding the contradictions and complexities of our times.

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  • Lonely Old Slogans
    February 3, 2017 - June 5, 2017
    21er Haus – Museum of Contemporary Art
    Arsenalstraße 1
    1030 Vienna

    Daniel Richter is one of the most important painters of his generation, and of great significance for Vienna, not only because of his professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts. With the exhibition Daniel Richter – Lonely Old Slogans, the 21er Haus presents for the first time in Vienna a comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work. 

    Structured as a retrospective, the exhibition seeks to document Richter’s evolution from his earliest works through the present. Included are the edgy and expressive abstractions of the 1990s that reflect his occupation as a designer of album covers for various punk rock bands and theatrical figurative scenes. The most recent series of works, from 2015, are dedicated primarily to the human figure and erotic corporeality.

    Richter, invariably a politically motivated painter, describes his theatrical works as a new form of History Painting. The representation of a concrete historical event, however, has been lost. Instead, the pictures are trying to capture a specific spirit or atmosphere in contemporary history, characterized by the absence of any grand political utopian ideas.


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  • Lonely Old Slogans
    September 8, 2016 - January 8, 2017
    Gl. STRANDVEJ 13

    The German artist Daniel Richter (b. 1962) is regarded as one of the most important artists of a generation which also includes Scottish Peter Doig (b. 1959) and Danish Tal R (b. 1967). With this mid-career retrospective exhibition Louisiana’s intends to show Richter’s development from the earliest efforts until today.

    Daniel Richter arrived on the art scene in the 1990s with a highly expressive abstract formal idiom that evoked associations with his earliest artistic career as a designer of for instance album covers for a number of punk rock bands in Germany of the 1980s. Since the years around the turn of the century, however, Richter has exclusively painted figurative pictures, often described – also by himself – as a kind of new history painting. But they lack any reproduction of the specific historical events; the pictures seek rather to capture a particular contemporary spirit, marked by the death of the great political utopias. 

    Richter’s paintings are both thematically and formally related to German Expressionism and painters such as Max Beckmann (1884-1950) and George Grosz (1893-1959), who in the years before World War II painted acerbic, humorous and profoundly socially critical, allegorical pictures. Daniel Richter takes a similar approach to painting, which according to him is always ideologically positioned in relation to the surrounding world.

    For more information: https://en.louisiana.dk/exhibition/daniel-richter

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  • Hello, I love you
    October 9, 2015 - January 17, 2016

    The Schirn Kunsthalle opens on 9 October 2015 the first solo exhibition by Daniel Richter in Frankfurt. Hello, I love you presents a concentrated selection of Richter's most recent works in which he thinks about painting and paints thinking. For further information about the exhibition please visit the museum's official website

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  • Chromos goo bugly
    September 13, 2014 - November 23, 2014
    Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck

    The Galerie im Taxispalais in Innsbruck is showing the first survey exhibition in Austria of work by painter Daniel Richter. This show presents Daniel Richter's creative production since the turn of the millennium and so concentrates on his figurative works.

    Among the 23 paintings selected in close cooperation with the artist are key works from the past 14 years as well as new pieces being shown here for the first time. On the basis of significant milestones in his artistic development, the exhibition ranges from Richter's first figurative paintings to the present day and so visualises his thematic and stylistic progress.

     The exhibition will be opened in the presence of the artist on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7 pm.

    Please find more information about the exhibition here

    Watch an interview with Daniel Richter talking about Emil Nolde here

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    October 16, 2012 - February 17, 2013
    Kunstmuseum Kloster unser lieben Frauen
    Magdeburg (D)

    The exhibition HEUTE. MALEREI (TODAY.PAINTING) is looking for a cross-sectional view of the genre of painting, while avoiding any kind of attachment to specific trends, schools of thought or generations. The group exhibition aims to present items that pursue the creation of imagery through the use of figurative expression. It investigates the topic of the present, a topic which is established by the painting process itself and which is able to reflect the contradictory, unchanging and complex relationship between man and his world today. 

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