"I pursue no objectives, no system, no tendency; I have no program, no style, no direction. I steer clear of definitions. I do not know what I want. I am inconsistent, non-committal, passive; I like the indefinite, the boundless; I like continual uncertainty." - Gerhard Richter
Why would an artist in this moment refuse all categories? Why does Postmodern art theory seem to relish in very difficult ideas? Who benefits/what is gained from the difficulty of the Postmodern project, and who loses/what is lost as a result?
Gerhard Richter, Woman Descending the Staircase, 1965.











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Gerhard Richter, Women in Garden Swing, 1968.
Gerhard Richter, Deck Chair II, 1965.











Leon Golub, Interrogation III, 1981.











To the Unknown Painter

Neo-Expressionism = style of modern painting that emerged in the late 1970s and dominated the art market until the mid-1980s. It developed as a reaction against the conceptual and minimalist art of the 1970s. Neo-expressionists returned to portraying recognizable objects, such as the body, in a rough and violently emotional way using vivid colours and banal colour harmonies.
Anselm Kiefer, To the Unknown Painter, 1983.












Anselm Keifer, Osiris und Isis, 1985 - 1987.
Oil, acrylic, emulsion, clay, porcelain, lead, and copper wire, and PCB on canvas.