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Following the success of English and German editions of Cage: Six Paintings by Gerhard Richter
, a French-language edition is now available, translated by Christian-Martin Diebold. The Cage Paintings were conceived as a single coherent group, and displayed for the first time at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Their titles pay homage to the American avant-garde composer John Cage (1912 1992). In his "Lecture on Nothing," Cage famously declared "I have nothing to say and I'm saying it." Richter is equally suspicious of ideologies and prefers to allow viewers and critics to make up their own minds. Leading critic Robert Storr considers the importance of The Cage Paintings within Richter's practice and within the wider context of abstract art. A series of extraordinary, detailed photographs document the development of each painting, day by day, and show the artist at work on these monumental canvases, giving unique insight into his working methods.