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Gerhard Richter

20/12/2019
More artists should try being honest about how rubbish they used to be.
Gerhard Richter is a German artist who is worth a reputed £585 million. He has been in the news in the last day or so because he has told a German Press Agency that much of his early work is 'junk and should be burnt'. He is being honest...few if any artists produce works of genius from the off. Like Gerald Ratner who in1991 described the products his jewellery business sold as 'total crap', we should recognise that much of our early work, at least , may indeed fall into that category and there is no shame in that.