Gerhard Richter - Contemporary Art London Thursday, June 21, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    What makes the artist work on? Clearly, in the process of painting, two contrary processes clash. He avoids the act of composition: the squeegee passes over an existing color interaction, and every time new and unpredictable color forms emerge. The artist’s eye, nevertheless, lives on in the notion of a definitive look to the painting, even though this is not precisely determined. It seems to crystallize only in the course of the successive stages of work, as the gesture with the squeegee constantly generates new and unpredictable paintings. Completion—which often looks like an arbitrary interruption—marks the point where the personal gesture meets the conscious knowledge that the artist accepts this and no other state of the painting.
    Anthony d’Ofay Gallery, ed., Gerhard Richter 1998, 1998, pg. 14

  • 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

Oil on canvas.
20 x 22 in. (50.8 x 55.9 cm).
Signed, titled and dated “Richter 1994 817-2” on the reverse.

£150,000 - 250,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £192,000

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm