Gerhard Richter St John 1988

Artwork details

Artist
Gerhard Richter born 1932
Title
St John
Date 1988
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2005 x 2605 x 35 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1988
Reference
T05207
Not on display

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St John belongs to a series called the ‘London Paintings’, each named after one of the chapels of Westminster Abbey. The titles are not meant to be descriptive, but refer merely to associations connected with the artist’s visits to London. Since 1980 Richter has made his abstract paintings by manipulating spatulas of different lengths, loaded with paint, across areas of the canvas. New layers of colour cover earlier ones. Richter’s inability to control the precise distribution of paint allows a degree of chance to determine the paintings’ final appearance.

April 2007