Dr Rosemary Hawker, curator of major exhibition, 'Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images', at QAGOMA

'Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images' is exclusive to Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art, and is the German artist’s first major Australian exhibition, with loans from public and private collections in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, including the artist’s own collection. For more than fifty years, Gerhard Richter has proven his remarkable command of almost every style and genre of painting. 

The exhibition is curated by Dr Rosemary Hawker, Senior Lecturer in Art Theory, Fine Art, Griffith University, with Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow, Curatorial Manager, International Art, QAGOMA, in consultation with the artist and his studio. 

Brisbane-based freelance writer, Louise Martin-Chew, writes about Rosemary Hawker's process:

This tightly curated selection of ninety works, the largest to leave the northern hemisphere, illustrates Richter’s interest in the way photography has changed the way we see. Brisbane academic Rosemary Hawker, has devoted her research to Richter (whom she has met only twice). She relates how, after years spent poring over his images in reproduction, she first saw his Ema (Nude on a Staircase), 1992, at Yale some twenty years ago.

‘I was intrigued by it, irritated actually, by its blurry photographic quality.’

Hawker’s doctorate was devoted to Richter’s work (Blur: Gerhard Richter and the photographic in painting, 2007); this exhibition has been five years in the making. Hawker said, ‘Richter’s work has kept me interested all this time. You are never really able to account for everything or are able to frame it. And there’s always something new, with his work imbued with sense of looking forward and again at things.’ Personal loans and cooperation from the artist have enhanced our appreciation of his work.

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'Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images' will be on display at GOMA until 4 February 2018.


QCA convenes Richter postgraduate symposium

Interested postgraduate students, early-career researchers and academics from universities throughout Australasia are invited to attend and contribute to a dynamic dialogue on art practice as framed through Richter’s example.

10 am – 7 pm Monday 16 October 2017.

Conference Proceedings