Gerhard Richter - Editions & Works on Paper New York Friday, July 24, 2020 | Phillips

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  • 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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Property from the Edwin C. Cohen Family Collection


Prisma II

Heavy flint glass prism, in the original dark gray cloth-lined presentation case.
Prism 1 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 1 5/8 in. (4.1 x 12.1 x 4.1 cm)
Case 2 x 8 x 2 1/2 in. (5.1 x 20.3 x 6.4 cm)

Signed and numbered 29/88 in black ink on the inside of the case, additionally embossed with title, date, number and artist's name on the front of the presentation case (there were also 12 artist's proofs in Roman numerals), published by Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin.

$2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for $3,750

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 23 - 24 July 2020