Cage: Six Paintings by Gerhard Richter
This book focuses on Gerhard Richter’s Cage paintings, which were conceived as a single coherent group and displayed for the first time at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Their titles pay homage to the American avant-garde composer John Cage (1912–1992), who in his 1959 “Lecture on Nothing” famously declared, “I have nothing to say and I’m saying it.” Richter is equally suspicious of ideologies and any claim to absolute truth. He shies away from giving psychological interpretations to his paintings, preferring to allow viewers and critics to make up their own minds.
The publication features a text by curator and critic Robert Storr considering the importance of the Cage paintings within Richter’s practice and within the wider context of abstract art. A series of detailed photographs documents the development of each monumental canvas, day by day, giving unique insight into the artist’s working methods.