Gerhard Richter has been called one of the greatest painters alive by many experts. His works, spanning over 50 years, have been hailed for their diversity and originality. In 2007, after a 15-year absence from being filmed, Gerhard let filmmaker Corinna Belz make a short about him called GERHARD RICHTER’S WINDOW. Her feature follow-up is an enthralling combination of various material including interviews with Richter’s critics and fans and archival footage set against the backdrop of documenting Richter creating a painting, thus observing his creative process and the immense physical labor that comes with his artistic endeavors. The result is a film that examines the art of the man while simultaneously becoming an entirely different work of art about the joy, frustration, and pain that comes with such an intense artistic process.
"A mesmerizing look behind the curtain at a magician at work, a man who creates his enchantments not with a deck of cards or puffs of smoke but rather paint, brushes, canvas and a giant squeegee." -Los Angeles Times
"Who knew watching paint dry could be so fascinating?...GERHARD RICHTER - PAINTING is a stirring portrait of an artist in search of his art — the mystery of the process, the beauty of the hunt and the wonder of discovery." -The Detroit News