The new reverse glass paintings, now in a large format for the first time, are also the result of such observant and controlled coincidence. Richter has applied lacquer paints to a smooth surface, mixed them with a palette knife and then left them for awhile. The colours run into one another, intermingle and coalesce into fantastic structures. Finally, Richter presses a glass plate onto the damp paint, thus fixing the momentary result on the surface of the glass. The dynamics and the random nature of the merging colours play a decisive role in this creative process.
The exhibition Gerhard Richter. Strips & Glass has been organised in association with the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, where it will be on show from 18 January until 21 April 2014.