Ed Cotton: Examining The Creative Process
The documentary 'Gerhard Richter Painting' follows the struggles of the well-renown painter to bring his master pieces to life. But what lessons can today's young creatives learn from him?
The documentary Gerhard Richter Painting, while painfully slow when compared to the frenetic cinematic efforts of Michael Bay, is worth watching for those looking for some rich insight into the creative process of perhaps the world’s greatest living painter.
What makes the film so compelling is watching the artist in action as he physically grapples to transform his enormous canvases into something compelling. It’s almost as if the canvases have some kind of life giving force and it's Richter’s job to turn them into something that he describes as “good”. Richter’s definition of “good” is based on a fading, but almost encyclopedic knowledge of good and bad in art and covers color, shape, form and the indefinable element that’s sometimes called “magic”.