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German painter, born in Dresden. After working as an advertisement and stage painter he studied at the Academy in Dresden, 1952–6. In 1961 he moved to West Germany and studied at the Academy in Düsseldorf, 1961–3. He recalled that one of the factors which encouraged him to move was the ‘sheer brazenness’ of the paintings by Pollock and Fontana he saw at the 1959 documenta. In 1963 he participated in an event entitled Manifestation for Capitalist Realism. This was a kind of combination of a Happening and an art exhibition, held in a furniture store. Visitors were given numbers, told to ‘report’ to the address at 8 pm, and instructed to see the work when called in strict rotation. Richter's subsequent report on the event stated that by 8.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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