Gerhard Richter - Photographs New York Monday, April 4, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
    Nolan Eckman Gallery, New York
    Janet Borden, Inc., New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Gerhard Richter, one of the greatest artists working today, has maintained a lifelong fascination with the relationship between painting and photography. His Overpainted Photographs first appeared in the late 1980’s and he has been making them ever since. Small in comparison to his other work, these family-album sized pictures start with a photograph taken by Richter of friends, family and travels, which is then fragmented and semi abstracted by the artist’s application of paint. A strange hybrid emerges from this process in which beautiful spontaneous gestural swaths of color and texture are laid and pulled across the detailed sheen of personal memory.

    A comprehensive catalogue of Gerhard Richter’s Overpainted Photographs is scheduled to be published in 2016 in which this will be included.

  • 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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New York

Unique chromogenic print with oil paint.
4 1/4 x 5 7/8 in. (10.8 x 14.9 cm)
Signed and dated in ink in the recto.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $35,000

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New York Auction 4 April 2016