Gerhard Richter Painting is a visual treat for fans of his work. Often with art documentaries we get to see a few minutes of an artist working, not here though. The DVD has a running time of over an hour and a half and much of that is Richter working in the studio.
We see the daily life of the studio, interviews with Richter's assistants and Gerhard in conversation. The film can be quite slow in places, demanding your complete attention. It's great to view the early stages of some of his works in the studio. Many of these early stages remind me of de Koonings late works. At points in the film Richter's works often look complete yet he continues to develop these, sometimes a step too far. This is the case with every artist and it's great Corinna Belz was allowed to keep such moments in the film. Richter even admits to feeling uncomfortable whilst being filmed.
As an artist myself I now have a new respect for his recent abstract works after watching this film. Richter is in his own way quite a charismatic and engaging character. Richter has always been an inspiration.
Richter's past glories are only touched on briefly, this is a film about the artist today instead of a retrospective. The film gives us glimpses of several of his exhibitions and there are many high quality still shots of his work from these shows. There are some worthwhile extras in the form of an interview with Richter and the original film notes are attached as a PDF.
Personally I enjoyed the quietness and slow pace of this film. It's a DVD that you can dip in and out of, and watch more than once. So for fans of Richter and those who wish to take a gamble on purchasing this film I can recommend.