The Richter Interviews – Hans Ulrich Obrist

3 min read  ·  23 Sep 2023

Available from HENI Publishing, The Richter Interviews, conversations between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Gerhard Richter.

The Richter Interviews collects together a series of conversations between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Gerhard Richter over the course of more than two decades of discussion and collaboration. Subjects range from Richter’s place within art history to artists’ books, architecture, religion, unrealised projects and his advice for young artists. The collection also includes a previously unpublished interview focused on Richter’s much-lauded window for Cologne Cathedral, unveiled in 2007.

Obrist’s vast knowledge and interrogating mind coupled with his long-standing friendship with Richter make him a unique interlocutor for an artist whose work spans more than 60 years and ranges from painting to photography, glass to printmaking, watercolours to books. Obrist deftly guides the reader through a dazzling array of topics and offers an invaluable historical perspective on Richter’s place within the art world of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Illustrations of discussed artworks by Richter feature throughout the texts for visual reference, making this an indispensable guide to the thinking and creative processes of one of the world’s most admired artists.

"Don’t be easily led astray, and don’t give up believing in art."

- Gerhard Richter