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Daniel Richter

GEGENWART / 11.06.–24.09.2006 / Commissaire : Philipp Kaiser

The earlier paintings by the German painter Daniel Richter (born 1962) delineated a hallucinatory universe of colour, that could be positioned somewhere between graffiti and unparalleled abstraction. Some years ago the artist turned completely to figuration and the historic image. By reintroducing a virtually forgotten form, Daniel Richter re-politicised the genre under the contemporary auspices of painting as a medium, simultaneously establishing a link to the art of the eighties. In his most recent work, Richter entangles art history, mass media and pop culture elements in wilful worlds of narrative imagery. The Basel exhibition shows a selection of works from the last five years together with his most recent paintings.