Daniel Richter "Die Idealisten"

David Zwirner 19th Street

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David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by German artist Daniel Richter. This will be the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery and will feature a selection of paintings and works on paper.
Daniel Richter first became known for his colorful abstract paintings, exploring superficiality and excessive ornamentation via patterning, repetition, arabesques, drips, and graffiti outlines. The artist garnered critical success in 1999 when he introduced large-scale figurative paintings. Despite the perceived departure, Richter actively maintains that the dichotomy between abstract and figurative painting is a constructed fiction, since the formal problems of color and composition remain constant.

Embracing an overtly psychedelic aesthetic, Richter’s works are often painted with bright, almost fluorescent colors, pulsating and swirling as if they had materialized from a chemical reaction taking place on the surface of the work.
Concerned with problems of authenticity and documentation, Richter often finds inspiration in magazines, newspapers, and books. His works are equally activated by an engagement with dream states; thus Richter’s images exist essentially as collaged constructions.



from March 25, 2008 to May 03, 2008
Opening Reception: March 25, 6–8 pm


Daniel Richter

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