Art: The Unblinking Blur

From banal photos, Gerhard Richter forged a new direction for German art

Now and then an amazing museum show comes by. You know the name, the work has been around for some time, so how come you didn't grasp before how good the artist is, and how wide the work's scope? That's how it is with the retrospective of the German painter Gerhard Richter, beautifully organized by curator Robert Storr for New York City's Museum of Modern Art. (It will be on view there until May 21, before traveling to Chicago, San Francisco and Washington.)

It has to be said right off that, in America at least, Richter was easy to miss....

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