Monday, February 21, 2011

RICHTER (and a Giveaway!)

I think the greatest thing about fashion is not having to stay true to one style. Though most people have certain aesthetic looks that they gravitate toward, there is no rule that you can't try a different one every day. And if you're looking to revamp a bit, check out my giveaway at the end of this post!

The idea of continuously experimenting with different styles relates to the artistic practice of German artist Gerhard Richter (b. 1932). He is well-known for his abstract paintings, photorealist works, and photography.

Richter works with numerous artistic media, purporting the idea that an artist does not need to have one, recognizable style. Throughout his career, Richter has been associated with Expressionism, Minimalism, Realism, Color Theory, and even created a breathtaking stained glass window for the Cologne Cathedral.

One aspect that ties his work together is the representation of physical activity or movement.

The "blur" Richter is known for in both his representational and abstract works is created by applying paint onto the canvas and then squeegeeing it horizontally and vertically.

This creates an illusion of space that is surprisingly believable, given its somewhat natural occurence.

This Richter-inspired outfit began with the brushstroke-print tunic, which reminded me of the marks of his paintings. Then I added a few accessories in primary colors reminiscent of his works.

I'm wearing a thrifted silk tunic, Alice + Olivia blazer, Limited silk scarf, Habitual denim, Chloe sunglasses, vintage leather clutch, and leather Aldo boots.

If you need to fill a void in your closet or home, check out CSN stores. It is a great site that has everything from cute pumps to computer desks for home, so even if you're not a shoe fiend like me, you're likely to find something great! I'm giving away a $35 gift card to one reader from the U.S. or Canada. To enter, follow Artfully Awear with Google Friend Connect. For extra entries, follow on Facebook, Twitter, or Bloglovin. Comment here and let me know where you follow. I will choose one winner at random and announce it on Wednesday, March 2. Good luck!

[Richter images from,, and, respectively.]


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