Originally posted by Pilan
also Richter is supposed to have some published letters or notes about the way he thought about art etc. Maybe something like Vicents letters to Theo. I will find out and post later with my findings.
You might be talking about "Gerhard Richter: The Daily Practice of Painting". It is a collection of notes, interviews, and photos. I bought that book while browsing through the art section at the bookstore this past spring. Richter clearly believes that an artist must find his own way, and find his own voice, steering clear of trying to fit into a defined school of thought. I'll give you a sample of some of R's notes:
" Picturing things, taking a view, is what makes us human; art is making sense and giving shape to that sense. It is like the religious search for God. We are well aware that making sense and picturing is artificial, like illulsion; but we can never give them up. For belief (thinking and interpreting the present and the future) is our most important characteristic......
As soon as artistic activity turns into an 'ism', it ceases to be artistic activity. To be alive is to engage in a daily struggle for form and for survival.
Painting has nothing to do with thinking, because in painting thinking is painting. Thinking is language - record keeping - and has to take place before and after. Einstein did not think when he was calculating; he calculated - producing the next equation in reaction to the one that went before - just as in painting one form is a response to another, as so on.
Strange though it may sound, not knowing where one is going - being lost, being a loser - reveals the greatest possible faith and optimism, as against collective security and collective significance. To believe, one must have lost God; to paint, one must have lost art."
If you get a chance, check it out of your local library. I found many things in that book that resonated with me.
If you're thinking of a different Richter book, let me know if you've found out the title - I'd love to find a copy for myself.