German artist Gerhard Richter is considered to be one of the most important living painters in the world.
Over a career spanning more than half a century, Richter has exhibited work in every major gallery in the world from The Museum of Modern Art in New York to Tate Modern in London. His influence on the next generation of artists such as Damien Hirst has been enormous.
Much of his work has been an exploration of the ways in which photography has changed the nature of painting over the twentieth century. In some of his first paintings to become famous he created 'photo-realistic' images that reproduced the blurring of photographs.
This exhibition, entitled Epoch, is taken from ARTIST ROOMS, a new national collection established by the dealer and collector Anthony d'Offay, jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland. The exhibition also includes a selection of the artist's multiples, lent by Anthony d'Offay especially for this presentation.
The largest work (48 Portraits) captures many of the themes of interest to Richter including history, painting and portraiture. This key piece is shown alongside several other significant works that show Richter's diverse practice, from further portrait painting to more abstract images, photographs and prints. Through this range of works, Epoch gives an insight into one of the most important artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Anthony d'Offay was brought up in Leicester with New Walk Museum & Art Gallery providing a place of inspiration during his childhood. We hope you will find this important collection of works as inspiring.
ARTIST ROOMS was established through The d'Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments. ARTIST ROOMS is being shared with galleries and museums throughout the UK thanks to the support of independent charity, the Art Fund and, within Scotland, The Scottish Government.