The Compleat Publications from the Gerhard Richter Archive Dresden

When I saw a 2-year-old book titled "Volume 13" I realized I had no idea how much the Gerhard Richter Archive has been publishing. Or what. And at the moment, it turns out to be non-trivial to find out.

They are not all published in English, or in every market, so they are called, variously, Schriften des Gerhard Richter Archiv Dresden, Band whatever, Writings of the Gerhard Richter Archive Volume whatever, and Publications from the Gerhard Richter Archive Dresden, Volume whatever. Yet specific web searches prove insufficient. And the Archiv's director Dr. Dietmar Elger is himself too prolific and accomplished to be of much help in narrowing things down.

Somehow I can find no single list of titles*, so I have made one here. I expect it will be rendered obsolete some day by a database update to the artist's website. Or by a page compiled by the archive itself.

Until then, though, a seemingly brazen SEO ploy feels right at home on a site that, at one point, literally published a weekly index of New Yorker Magazine articles because the New Yorker did not. So greg.org is proud to present The Compleat Publications from the Gerhard Richter Archive Dresden, in chronological order.

Ah, I think I see the problem.

Schriften des Gerhard Richter Archiv Dresden; vol. 1
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Sechs Vorträge über Gerhard Richter. Februar 2007, Residenzschloss Dresden (2007, Walther König, Köln)
Documentation of a six-lecture symposium organized on the occasion of the artist's 75th birthday.
ISBN 3865602991
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Publications from the Gerhard Richter Archiv Dresden, Volume 1
Volume 1:

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Gerhard Richter Text 1961 bis 2007. Schriften, Interviews, Briefe (2008, Walther König, Köln)
The collected writings, interviews and letters, 1961-2007, in German.
ISBN: 9783865601858
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UK English edition (2009, Thames & Hudson, London) | US English edition (2009, DAP, New York)

Band 2/ Volume 2:
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Gerhard Richter Das Kölner Domfenster (DVD) (2008, GRA, Dresden)
A documentary directed by Corinna Belz about Richter's commission to create a stained glass window for the Cologne Cathedral. Also, In the Studio: Gerhard Richter, a 1969 documentary by Hannes Reinhardt showing Richter painting a blurred landscape-- Ruhrtal bridge [CR 228], I think?--which I could never remember where it was, so I'm typing it so I don't forget.
ISBN 9783865605474
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Band 3/ Volume 3:
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Gerhard Richter. Texte zu 4900 Farben (2009, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit)
The German translation of the 2008 Serpentine Gallery exhibition catalogue 4900 Colours, with additional texts and installation images. [Not incidentally, I wrote about this work and this catalogue for many days while snowed in, seven years ago this week.]
ISBN: 9783775724029
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Band 4/ Volume 4:
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Gerhard Richter. Elbe 1957 - 31 Monotypien (2009, Walther König, Köln)
A publication of the first officially recognized works by Richter, a set of experimental monotypes made in Dresden in 1957, and published as Elbe, an edition [Ed. CR-155], in 2012.
ISBN: 9783865605887
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Band 5/ Volume 5:
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Gerhard Richter. Zur Entstehung der Abstrakten Bilder (2009, Walther König, Köln)
A lecture and interview with Richter by Ulrich Wilmes on the occasion of the 2009 exhibition Abstract Paintings at Museum Ludwig & Haus der Kunst.
ISBN: 9783865606518
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Band 6/ Volume 6:
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Gerhard Richter: Volker Bradke, 1966, 16 mm, s/w, 14:32 min (2010, DuMont, Köln)
A book about Volker Bradke (1966), a wordless, blurred film of a Düsseldorf art groupie, who was the subject of a parodic one-day exhibition elevating Bradke to celebrity hero. The film is included on DVD.
ISBN: 9783832192815
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Band 7/ Volume 7:
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Gerhard Richter in der Dresdener Galerie (2010, Sandstein Verlag, Dresden)
A catalogue for an exhibition curated by the artist in the newly reopened Albertinum. In German.
ISBN: 9783942422222
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Band 8/ Volume 8:
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Gerhard Richter. Fotografie und Malerei - Malerei als Fotografie. Acht Texte zu Gerhard Richters Medienstrategie (2011, Walther König, Köln)
Eight texts on Richter's media strategy.
ISBN 9783863350772
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Band 9/ Volume 9:
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Julia Franck Rede für Gerhard Richter (2012, Gerhard Richter Archiv, Dresden)
Speech for Gerhard Richter, 19 pages, probably in German. No idea, really.
ISBN: 9783932264399


Band 10/ Volume 10:
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Scheiben und Strips von Gerhard Richter, (2013, Walther König, Köln)
A German edition of the texts from Richter's Strips series show at Marian Goodman, which I wrote about at the time. [TBH, the original catalogue published by Goodman looks like it'd be better.]
ISBN: 9783863353629
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amazon [de] | gerhard-richter.com


Band 11/ Volume 11:
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Gerhard Richter Bücher, AKA Gerhard Richter. Bücher. Schriften des Gerhard Richter Archiv Dresden, Band 11 (2013, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden)
A book about Richter's books. In German.
ISBN: 9783932264429
amazon [de] | gerhard-richter.com


Band 12/ Volume 12:
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Polke / Richter. Richter / Polke. Galerie h, Hannover, 1. bis 26 März 1966. Katalog, Entwürfe, Fotografien, Dokumente. (2014, Walther König, Köln)
A study of a 1966 joint exhibition of Polke and Richter, on the occasion of a 2014 exhibition of the 1966 exhibition of Polke & Richter.
ISBN 9783863355586
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amazon [de] | gerhard-richter.com


Band 13/ Volume 13:
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Gerd Richter. Comic Strip (1962) (2014, Walther König, Köln)
A collection of previously unpublished comics, or cartoons, perhaps. Not really funny.
ISBN 9783863355081
amazon [us] |
amazon [de]

Band 14/ Volume 14:
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Gerhard Richter Books (2014, Gregory R. Miller & Co, New York)
The book about Richter's books [i.e., GRAD Vol. 11], in English.
ISBN 9783863355081
amazon [us] | gerhard-richter.com

The contours of the WoGRAD can now be seen. The Archive publishes:

  • its own material (early or unknown works, documentation, texts)

  • records of symposia and lectures

  • museum exhibition catalogues that might not otherwise happen

  • books in one language that it thinks should be in another.

  • a couple of seriously choice DVDs

LMAO that the actual Catalogue Raisonné is not counted in this Writings of Gerhard Richter Archive Dresden collection is a thing I only figured out after I started making this list. The entries below are preserved purely for historical accuracy and have nothing whatsoever to do with the big ol' kickbacks I will get when you buy your CR from Amazon.

CR Vol. 1
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Gerhard Richter. Catalogue Raisonné. Volume 1: 1962-1968, nos. 1-198 (2011, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit)
ISBN: 9783775719780
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CR Vol. 2
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Gerhard Richter: Catalogue Raisonné, Volume 2: Nos. 199-388, 1968-1976 (2017, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern)
ISBN 9783775719797
Vol. 2 is on pre-order for a March 2017 release. Order from amazon today!

CR Vol. 3
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Gerhard Richter. Catalogue Raisonné. Volume 3: 1976 - 1987, nos. 389 - 651 (2013, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern)
THE Writing of the GRAD, Vol. 3.
ISBN: 9783775719803
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CR Vol. 4
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Gerhard Richter. Catalogue Raisonné. Volume 4: 1988 - 1994, nos. 652-1 - 805-6 (2015, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern)
THE Writing of the GRAD, Vol. 3.
ISBN: 9783775719810
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* OH GOOD, as I literally finish compiling all this stuff, I search for more info on the most obscure title, Julia Franck's Rede für Gerhard Richter, and I finally find the Gerhard Richter Archive's entry on librarything, and the ABOUT page for the GRA's blog, which has a list of their publications. Except it differs from the larger publications list on the artist's website by excluding Vol. 1(b), TEXT, and transposing Vols 3 & 4. Their numbering systems may be conceptual art constructs rather than actual chronologies, but there are lists. So if the only thing my list is good for is giving me something to do during the Super Bowl, it is still enough.

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