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You have the psychological or subjective moment of the father problem.
This affects all of society. . . . The absence of the father is a typical German problem.
That is the reason for such agitation, why it has such a disquieting effect.
—Gerhard Richter (MoMA catalogue, 2002)
fter my mother’s death, I cleaned out my parents’ house in Maryland, sold it, sold their things too, put whatever was not sold into storage centers, here and there, a little bit everywhere.
My father’s artwork was stored in the house and I treated it the same way, sent it to a part-time dealer in California, and asked him to put it on eBay. I thought it would be enough to intrigue the public with some details. My father was German, a painter. He came to America in 1937. He was an immigrant, fleeing an autocracy.
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