Daniel Richter’s new paintings at GRIMM gallery

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‘Music for Orgies’ is the third solo exhibition of works by Daniel Richter presented at GRIMM gallery, in Amsterdam.

Daniel Richter (b.1962, Eutin, Germany) is one of the most important German artists of his generation. For nearly forty years and inspired by surrealism, he has explored themes of isolation, oppression and how meaning and form can cohabit in his vibrant paintings.

He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at spaces included Camden Arts Centre, London (2017), Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek (2016); or Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2007). Undercurrents of violence, isolation, awkwardness and oppression abound, while absurdity, surrealism, confusion and the pure attractiveness of colors and shapes lend the works a ludic quality.

The new works exhibited at GRIMM continue Richter’s radical departure from his style of the last decade: “I wanted to get away from a certain kind of narration and from the theatre stage and from the burden of already knowing what I’m about to do”, Richter stated last year. “When I started in the 90s, I was mainly interested in the idea of how chaotic or crammed a painting can be: To the point that it collapses. And then I also all the time had an interest in doing something that I would call image-related. Image in relation to ideology and the production of ideology and clichés.”

A controversial title, these works use pornographic imagery as a source of inspiration to vaguely depict the contours of body parts, strengthened by vivid, vibrant hues that create a suggestion of dynamism. The relationship between elegant silhouettes and the subtle gradation of colours in the background make the large work oscillate between abstraction and figuration.