Gerhard Richter - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 15, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Hauser & Wirth, Zurich

  • Exhibited

    Bielefeld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Gerhard Richter: Abstract Paintings 1976 to 1981, January 10 – February 21, 1982, then traveled to Mannheim, Mannheimer Kunstverein, (April 18 – May 16, 1982)

  • Literature

    J. Harten et al, Gerhard Richter Bilder = Paintings 1962 - 1985, Cologne: Dumont, 1986, p. 391, 229 (illustrated)
    Gerhard Richter: Paintings, exh. cat., Marian Goodman Gallery/Sperone Westwater, New York, 1987, p. 6

  • 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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Abstraktes Bild (454-4)

oil on canvas
17 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (45 x 35 cm)
Signed, numbered and dated "454/4 Richter, 80" on the reverse. This work is listed in the Richter Catalogue Raisonné under number: 454-4.

$350,000 - 450,000 

Sold for $389,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Day Sale 15 May 2015 11am