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Gerhard Richter

German  •  b. 1932

Biography

One of the most influential living painters, Gerhard Richter has been a key player in defining the formal and ideological agenda for painting in contemporary art. His instantaneously recognizable canvases literally and figuratively blur the lines of representation and abstraction. Uninterested in classification, Richter’s oeuvre oscillates between unorthodoxy and realism, much to the delight of institutions and the market alike.  

From his career start in 1962, Richter developed both his photorealist and abstracted languages side-by-side, producing voraciously and evolving his artistic style in rapid intervals. Many of Richter's paintings find themselves in the permanent collections of the world's most revered museums. London’s Tate Modern displays the Cage (1) – (6), 2006 paintings that were named after experimental composer John Cage and that inspired the balletic "Rambert Event" hosted by Phillips Berkeley Square in 2016. 

Insights

  • Gerhard Richter's highest record at auction stands at $46.3 million for Abstraktes Bild, 1986.

  • Richter's evolution of abstraction over the course of four decades was on display at Phillips New York in January 2017 in the largest private selling exhibition ever. 

  • The artist hosts a complete online catalogue raisonée with detailed records of exhibition history, literature citations and editorial notes.

  • Nine of Richter's top 10 performing canvases at auction are abstract works.

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