RICHTER~Gerhard – WALD (sold)


Year: 2008j
Artist: RICHTER~Gerhard
Publisher: Walther König, Köln
ISBN: 3865605036 / 978-3865605030

Gerhard Richter, WALD


Hardcover artist’s book with 286 colour illustrations and text in German, grey cloth cover printed in white with colour-printed paper dust jacket, yellow, red, blue and black offset print. 396pp., 16 x 24 cm. Edition of 2000 copies.

The illustrations show photographs taken by Gerhard Richter in the Hahnwald near Cologne in winter 2005.

As text (in German only) he used essays published in the trade magazine Waldung  Magazin Wald, Wandern, Wissen (No.1/2006). All words were shuffled by means of a random generator. Subsequently, Richter removed all names and passages that were too explicit. However the resulting absurd text can still be recognized as a text on forest issues.


Richter divides the type area in seven horizontal stripes arranging them following a strict concept which he subsequently undermined by specific interventions. The 106 variously assigned pages fill continuously with text, emptying gradually after the only completely filled page in the middle is reached – fading in and fading out of images.


By sorting the photographs roughly in groups – delicate branches, horizontal logs, diagonally or vertically growing trees and arranging them dramatically with the text pages, a sophisticated and exciting book evolves. Wald as an autonomous artist book is much more than a further extension of plates of the Atlas, opening-up analogies too Richter’s entire oeuvre.


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