Daniel Richter - Contemporary Art London Friday, October 13, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Contemporary Fine Arts Galerie, GmbH, Organisierte Kriminalität, September 29-November 28, 1998; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Billard um halb Zehn, May 20, 2001-July 15, 2001; Berlin, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Tolnay, Dr. Alexander), Daniel Richter: Hirn, May 9, 2003-June 22, 2003; Kunsthalle Mannheim, Full House: Gesichter Einer Sammlung, April 2-September 4, 2006

  • Literature

    B. Ermacora, ed., Billard um halb Zehn, 2001, Ziel; A. Tolnay, ed., Daniel Richter: Hirn, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2003, n.p., (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Beauty through confusion, truth through collision.” (D. Richter quoted in U. Grosenick, ed., Art Now Vol 2, Cologne, 2005, p. 434)

    Daniel Richter’s paintings radiate an unwieldy passion: every color in his controlled chaos retains its magnetic purity. Richter creates depth that seems to grow, like an organic force, from within the canvas. His copious techniques and application of paint, deceptively flaunt the process of making, yet remain elusive in their overwhelming complexity. Richter's paintings radiate with their own internal light, which is best demonstrated in the present lot, Rede an Die Nation. This large-scale, vibrantly colored painting stems from a time during which Richter exclusively focuses on abstraction in his art. Clearly influenced by Willem de Kooning’s abstract expressionist canvases and the graffiti art of the 80s, Richter creates hallucinatory paintings full of bright, abstracted organic forms. Richter imbues great physicality and texture to the surface of this painting through the oil paint that he generously applies, and that is often straight out of the tube. Richter is also an artist who throughout his body of work, has been deeply involved with contemporary events; his canvases have addressed such topics as terrorist bombings, the plight of North African immigrants trying to reach Europe and the challenges facing Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Although abstract in imagery, the title of the present lot Rede an Die Nation has a politically charged reference, which is speak to the nation.


Rede an die Nation

Oil on canvas.
94 1/2 x 76 3/4 in. (240 x 194.9 cm).

£90,000 - 120,000 

Sold for £187,200

Contemporary Art

14 Oct 2006, 7pm