One of the world's greatest living painters, the German artist Gerhard Richter has spent over half a century experimenting with a tremendous range of techniques and ideas, addressing historical crises and mass media representation alongside explorations of chance procedures. The first glimpse inside his studio in decades, GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING is exactly that: a thrilling document of the 79-year-old's creative process, juxtaposed with rare archival footage and intimate conversations with his critics and collaborators.
- Corinna Belz
The film is sketchy as biography, but it proves an aging artist can still crackle with the electricity of youth.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 03.28.2012
Gerhard Richter Painting offers fascinating insight into the working process of the famed contemporary artist as he prepares a series of abstract canvases.Alissa Simon, Variety, 03.12.2012
A mesmerizing look behind the curtain at a magician at work, a man who creates his enchantments not with a deck of cards or puffs of smoke but rather paint, brushes, canvas and a giant squeegee.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 06.14.2012
Each swipe covers the old painting and reveals a new composition. Watching this can be fascinating, even exciting. After all, it prompts a fundamental movie question: What happens next?Rachel Saltz, New York Times, 03.13.2012