Gerhard Richter. Patterns. Divided - Mirrored - Repeated

AuthorRichter, Gerhard
Date2011
PublisherHeni Publishing, London / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
DetailsHardback, 452 pages
ISBN 9783865609410
Language English

The artist's book documents Gerhard Richter’s experiment of taking an image of his original Abstract Painting [CR: 724-4] and dividing it vertically into strips: first 2, then 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, up to 4096 strips. This process (twelve stages of division) results in 8190 strips, each of which is the height of the original image. With each stage of division the strips become progressively thinner (a strip of the 12th division is 0.08 mm). Endless more divisions are possible, but they would soon only become visible by enlargement. Each strip is then mirrored and repeated, which results in patterns. The number of repetitions increases with each stage of division in order to make patterns of consistent size. The result of 221 listed patterns is published on 221 double page images. The book is published in a limited edition of 800 numbered copies, 50 of which are numbered with Roman numerals I–L. Copies nos. 1–200 are signed.
 

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