STRIP (921-5), 2011
  • © Gerhard Richter - Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

Conceived in 2011, the "Strip" series reflects Gerhard Richter’s interest in new technologies.

These works redefine the pictorial concept and how it is realised, particularly though the computer modelling of colour combinations. This series of 72 digital prints was based on a scan of Abstract Painting (724-4), a work from 1990 in which layers of pigments were applied with a squeegee. Using computer software, the scan was divided vertically into two strips, then into four, eight, 16, 32 and so on, becoming increasingly narrow until there were a total of 8,190 strips. Richter has always explored the boundaries of photography and its influence on his pictorial practice, and with this piece is pursuing his investigation of painting’s resistance to new media.