1980 – now

Gerhard Richter, Uncle Rudi, 1965, oil on canvas, 87 x 50 cm (Lidice Gallery, Lidice, Czech Republic) used with permission of the Gerhard Richter studio
Richter toys with both visual and ethical clarity in this evocative, ambiguous painting of an uncle lost to WWII.

Gerhard Richter, Uncle Rudi

El Anatsui, Untitled, 2009, repurposed printed aluminum, copper, 256.5 × 284.5 × 27.9 cm as installed (Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C.)
The artist transforms metal from alcohol bottles into textiles that represent libations for ancestors.

El Anatsui, Untitled

Gerhard Richter, Betty, 1988, oil on canvas, 102 x 72cm (Saint Louis Art Museum)
Hyperreal paintings like “Betty” are just one part of Richter’s practice, which resists stylistic classification.

Gerhard Richter, Betty

Gerhard Richter, September, 2005, oil on canvas, 52 cm x 72 cm (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Richter revives the genre of history painting in the 21st century in this work showing the events of 9/11.

Gerhard Richter, September

Mariko Mori, Pure Land, 1996-98
In her immersive dreamscapes, Mori transforms the celestial attendants of Buddhist art into pastel-colored aliens.

Mariko Mori, Pure Land