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After watching the artist's bemused fumbling for a spell, the perspective shifts to Richter's camera as he focuses it on a canvas – one of a pair of his "Grey Paintings," which he revisits over the course of the film as Belz looks on.Belz later asks one of Richter's assistants whether these two paintings will remain as they are.The market fetishizes some artists over others anyway and Gerhard Richter, 84, is among the world's highest-earning living artists.The commercial worth of Richter's work is surpassed only by that of Jeff Koons, whose "Balloon Dog [Orange]," 1994-2000, sold for $58.4 million in 2013 .Now in its second season, BAFF intends to follow its screenings at Metropolis cinema with a series of projections elsewhere in Beirut and at venues around the country.Over his career Richter has been a stylistically mutable artist – migrating from Socialist Realism to "Capitalist Realism," as he termed it, from photo-realism to photography to abstraction.Richter quickly brushes brightly colored paint on one canvas, then randomly steps away to start work on a second.Betz has filmed the camera-shy Richter twice – once for a 2007 short and again for this feature-length doc.Richter says he's fond of a remark Theodor Adorno made about art.
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