Richter -4/20/20-Robert Sparks

In an interview Richter stated that he detested gruesome from page magazine covers but he nonetheless looked at them. In his art you can see this desire to evoke curiosity from the viewer rather than the aggressive voyeurism given to images of violence. When Meinhoff hung herself in Stuttgart the scene of her dead body on the floor would be troubling for anyone to see. Through Richter’s painting of the image at varying levels of clarity and different angles he abstracts suicide. In this abstraction the image of Meinhoff is looked at with curiosity rather than just a dead body.

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