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12. 10. 2018

Dismantling Concepts. A conversation on the paintings of Gerhard Richter

October 12, 20018  | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Deutsches Haus at NYU | 42 Washington Mews | New York, NY 10003

Deutsches Haus at NYU and the University Alliance Ruhr present a conversation with Frances Guerin, Professor of Film and History of Art at the University of Kent in Paris, and John J. Curley, Associate Professor of Art History at Wake Forest University on "Dismantling Concepts. A conversation on the paintings of Gerhard Richter." Guerin and Curley will discuss Richter's career-long interrogation of the medium of painting -- from aesthetic, philosophical, political, and art historical perspectives.  From his explorations of the color grey to his blurred photo-paintings, the artist has long dismantled the assumptions and tenets associated with the medium.

Frances Guerin is an academic and a writer. She teaches Film and History of Art at the University of Kent in Paris. She is the author of A Culture of Light: Cinema and Modernity in 1920s Germany (2005); Through Amateur Eyes: Film and Photography in Nazi Germany (2011); and The Truth is Always Grey: A History of Modernist Painting (2018), all with University of Minnesota Press. She is the editor of The Image and the Witness: Trauma, Memory and Visual Culture (Columbia University Press, 2007), On Not Looking: The Paradox of Contemporary Visual Culture (Routledge, 2015), and European Photography Today  (December 2017). She is currently working on a monograph titled, Cinematic Portrait Painting: (Not) About Gerhard Richter.

John J. Curley is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art at Wake Forest University, where he teaches classes on modern and contemporary art history, as well as photographic history. He has published widely on American and European postwar art and photography. He is the author of A Conspiracy of Images: Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and the Art of the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2013). His second book, Global Art and the Cold War will appear in January 2019 (Laurence King). His new book project, Scenes from the End of Modernism, reconsiders American high modernism, from around 1955 to 1975. His research has been supported by the Getty Research Institute, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Henry Moore Foundation, among others.

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