Gerhard Richter - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Hubertus Butin 108

  • Catalogue Essay

    Richter created sixty-four glass paintings using the sixty-four possible permutations of the selected colors: four shades of black, four shades of red, and four shades of gold. Each is marked on the back with a three-digit number, which tells which of the four shades of each of the three colors it contains. For instance, 342 means that the third of the four shades of black has been selected, the fourth of the four red shades, and the second of the four gold shades. Thus, each of the sixty-four works has its own individual coloring. This edition was made in conjunction with Schwarz, Rot, Gold (1999, Cat. no. of the paintings: 856), a work commissioned by the German Bundestag for the Reichstag building in Berlin. - Hubertus Butin, p. 258

  • 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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Schwarz, Rot, Gold II (Black, Red, Gold II) (B. 108)

Synthetic resin paint in colors behind glass with hard fiberboard mount.
8 1/4 x 11 5/8 in. (21 x 29.5 cm)
Signed in black marker on the reverse, numbered '333' in black marker and with printed title and date on a label affixed to the reverse (there were also 3 artist's proofs), published by Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, framed.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $17,780

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