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Gerhard Richter
Youth Portrait
1988
Museum of Modern Art
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OCTOBER
by Charlie Finch



For serious students of art, Uli Edel's film The Baader Meinhof Complex unspools as an exegesis of Gerhard Richter's promethean series “Baader Meinhof (October 18, 1977).” How could it be otherwise? Both works of art bludgeon the viewer into numbness with the unrelenting nihilism of human destruction, what Hobbes called "the war of all against all."

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