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Gerhard Richter. Flugzeug II (Airplane II). 1966
Gerhard Richter

Flugzeug II (Airplane II)

1966
Not on view
Medium
Screenprint
Dimensions
composition: 19 1/8 x 32 1/16" (48.6 x 81.4 cm); sheet: 24 x 33 7/8" (61 x 86 cm)
Publisher
Galerie Rottloff, Karlsruhe, Germany
Printer
Löw Siebdruck, Stuttgart, Germany
Edition
20
Credit
Ann and Lee Fensterstock Fund, Alexandra Herzan Fund, and Virginia Cowles Schroth Fund
Object number
629.1998
Copyright
© 2015 Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter is one of the foremost painters in postwar European art. Alternating between figurative and abstract approaches, his work intentionally defies stylistic categorization. He was first recognized in the early 1960s as co-founder, with Sigmar Polke and others, of Capitalist Realism, a group dedicated to the objective depiction of society in an increasingly commodity-oriented Germany. Photography was central to Richter's pictorial documentation and his rejection of the Expressionist painting popular at the time. In 1962 he began making paintings directly after photographs, family snapshots, or newspaper illustrations, aligning himself with a European manifestation of Pop art. But by constantly questioning modes of perception and artistic representation, he has given his work an element of Conceptual art as well.

Richter began making prints in 1965 and has completed more than one hundred to date; he was most active before 1974, completing projects only sporadically since that time. He has explored a variety of photographic printmaking processes—screenprint, photolithography, and collotype—in search of inexpensive mediums that would lend a "non-art" appearance to his work. Although interested in the wide dissemination of imagery that printmaking offers, he has avoided the collaborative workshop prerequisites of the more traditional techniques.

This print reveals the political undertones common in Richter's work of the late 1960s. His imagery of fighter planes reflects the World War II bombing of his native Dresden as well as the hotly debated topic of German rearmament raging in the national press at the time. The work's off-register printing simulates the hazy afterimage of mass-produced newspaper illustrations while also emphasizing the planes' sonic speed.

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Publication excerpt from Deborah Wye, Artists and Prints: Masterworks from The Museum of Modern Art, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2004, p. 180
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