Gerhard Richter - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale Hong Kong Thursday, March 30, 2023 | Phillips

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    Gerhard Richter’s monumental Strip paintings demonstrate a vigorous and ingenious interrogation into the possibilities of painting. Richter methodically applied the technology of photography and digital editing to construct multiple distinct abstract paintings from one, and Strip (923-23) is a unique example of this meticulous system of splitting, mirroring, and recombining the divided parts of an original painting. Richter’s approach in creating his Strip paintings was exacting, beginning by dissecting a digital photograph of his 1990 work Abstract Painting 724-4 first into two vertical sections and then joining each half with its mirror image.




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    • Provenance

      Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2012

    • Exhibited

      New York, Marian Goodman Gallery, Gerhard Richter: Painting 2012, 12 September - 13 October 2012, n. p. (illustrated)

    • Literature

      Dietmar Elger, Gerhard Richter: Catalogue Raisonné, Volume 6: Nos. 900-957 (2007-2019), Berlin, 2022, no. 923-23, p. 287 (illustrated)

    • Artist Biography

      Gerhard Richter

      German • 1932

      Powerhouse painter 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 skates between unorthodoxy and realism, much to the delight of institutions and the market alike. 

      Richter's color palette of potent hues is all substance and "no style," in the artist's own words. From career start in 1962, Richter developed both his photorealist and abstracted languages side-by-side, producing voraciously and evolving his artistic style in short intervals. Richter's illusory paintings find themselves on the walls of the world's most revered museums—for instance, 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. 

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Strip (923-23)

signed and dated 'Richter 2012' on the reverse
digital print mounted on Aludibond
69 x 158 cm. (27 1/8 x 62 1/4 in.)
Executed in 2012.

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HK$1,500,000 - 2,500,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Hong Kong Auction 30 March 2023