Gerhard Richter - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    David Nolan Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Perhaps because I’m a bit uncertain, a bit volatile... I’d always been fascinated by abstraction. It’s so mysterious, like an unknown land.

    (Gerhard Richter, interview with N. Serota, Gerhard Richter: Panorama, exh. cat., Tate Modern, London 2011, p. 20).

  • 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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oil on paper
8 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (21.6 x 29.8 cm)
Signed and dated "3.3.89 Richter" along the lower margin.

$90,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $110,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York