Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting

Feb 14–May 21, 2002


Gerhard Richter. Abstract Picture (Abstraktes Bild). 1992. Oil on aluminum panel, 39 1/2 × 39 1/2″ (100 × 100 cm). Private Collection
  • MoMA, Floor 2
  • MoMA, Floor 3

This is the first full-scale survey in New York City devoted to the work of German artist Gerhard Richter (born 1932), one of the most influential painters working today. Included are some 180 paintings from every phase of Richter’s career, from 1962 to today, ranging from photography-based pictures to gestural abstraction. Also on view will be Richter’s cycle of 15 black-and-white paintings titled October 18, 1977 (1988), based on press photographs of the Baader–Meinhof group.

Organized by Robert Storr, Senior Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

This exhibition is sponsored by Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder. Generous support is also provided by Mimi and Peter Haas.

An indemnity has been granted by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The accompanying publication is made possible by the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund.

Additional funding is provided by Leila and Melville Straus and The Contemporary Arts Council and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.


  • Gerhard Richter: Doubt and Belief in Painting Paperback, 280 pages
  • Gerhard Richter: October 18, 1977 Hardcover, 144 pages
  • Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 340 pages
  • Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting Exhibition catalogue, Paperback, 340 pages
  • Press release 5 pages



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