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A sensitively-curated retrospective at the Tate Modern explores Richter's obsession with painting in a world where its traditional, representational functions have become obsolete

In 1964, inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s urinal, Gerhard Richter painted a toilet roll.  What could be more prosaic? And yet, the painting, currently on display at the Tate Modern, is beautiful, almost hypnotic, with its straightforward composition and delicate balance of light and shade.

Few painters, modern or ancient, have the range of Gerhard Richter. From blurry photorealism to dazzling abstraction, this exhibition of his work shows paintings of fighter jets, next to bland…

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