The “best” artist in the world cannot be determined, and the most resonant is Richter

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Born in Dresden in 1932, Gerhard Richter is one of the best-selling living artists yet, but he himself considers the prices currently being achieved by his art to be “absurd”. Photo: EPA

Richter, who lives in Cologne, has been at the top of the list for 17 years.

In second place remains the American artist Bruce Nauman. In third and fourth place are German artists Georg Baselitz in Rosemarie Trockel. The top five is rounded off by an American artist Cindy Sherman, followed by a Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, a British artist Tony Cragg, a German artist Anselm Kiefer, a South African artist William Kentridge and a Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist.

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Who will be in the art reviews of the future?
In the category of artists of the future, the artist born in Nigeria is in first place this year Otobong Nkanga, who lives and works in Antwerp. One of the central themes to the 1974-born artist is the use of natural resources. In 2019, she received the Peter Weiss Award for Culture, presented biennially by the City of Bochum.

They are followed by an Argentine artist Tomas Saraceno, dedicated to installations and performance, is a Colombian painter living in London Oscar Murillo and a 94-year-old American Betye Saar.

What determines an artist’s “resonance”?
Kunstkompass is considered a famous barometer in art; it has been published in Germany every year since 1970. It covers 30,000 artists and is based on the assumption that quality is not measurable but resonant in the art world. Artists are rated with points based on exhibitions in nearly 300 museums, reviews in specialist magazines, purchases from leading museums and awards. Prices and auction revenues are not taken into account.

The Gerhard Richter: Painting After All exhibition, which brought together around 100 of the artist’s most famous works under the roof of the Metropolitan Museum in New York’s Central Park, was on view for just a few days in March due to a pandemic.  The museum has therefore decided to leave the selection of paintings on display for a longer period of time than originally planned.  Thus, four paintings from the Birkenau series, created in 2014, and another additional work will be on view until January next year.  Photo: EPA

The Gerhard Richter: Painting After All exhibition, which brought together around 100 of the artist’s most famous works under the roof of the Metropolitan Museum in New York’s Central Park, was on view for just a few days in March due to a pandemic. The museum has therefore decided to leave the selection of paintings on display for a longer period of time than originally planned. Thus, four paintings from the Birkenau series, created in 2014, and another additional work will be on view until January next year. Photo: EPA

This spring, the large exhibition Gerhard Richter: Painting After All opened at the Met Breuer Exhibition Center in New York City, which is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Gerhard Richter is one of the greatest artists of our time, “ said Meta director Max Hollein at the opening, among other things.

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Richter is known for two, formally almost contradictory painting approaches – photorealism and abstraction. He was also one of the first German artists to reflect on the history of National Socialism. He created images of people who were members as well as those who were victims of the Nazi party.

He gave his answers to important historical events throughout his career – in 1995, on the 50th anniversary of the bombing of his native Dresden, a reproduction of his candle in monumental dimensions was exhibited in the city. In a fictional way, the film portrayed many details of his life and career the year before last Work without an author directed by Florian Henckl von Donnersmarck.

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