Neger (Nuba), 1964, 145 cm X 200 cm, Oil on canvas, Catalogue Raisonné: 45, Gerhard Richter

The Richter image above is NOT A PHOTOGRAPH, nor a video still.

Matt Niebuhr, one of the best thinking bloggers on art & photography, has beautifully presented the back story to this OIL PAINTING. It’s a must read.

When Richter released his Overpainted Photographs (2009) last year, I scoffed. I still do. I think them lazy. At least now, I can appreciate part of the reason he got there.

In terms of the intersection of painting and photography, Richter’s earlier works, such as Neger (Nuba), are far more interesting and – it goes without saying – technically superior.