Gerhard Richter - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Phillips

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    Gerhard Richter, 'Ella', Lot 247

    20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, 14 February

  • Provenance

    Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • 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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signed 'Richter.' lower right and numbered '23/32' lower left
digital fine art inkjet print
image 40.5 x 31 cm (15 7/8 x 12 1/4 in.)
sheet 54.5 x 44 cm (21 1/2 x 17 3/8 in.)

Executed in 2014, this work is number 23 from an edition of 32 plus 4 artist's proofs, published by Marian Goodman Gallery, London.

£25,000 - 35,000 ‡♠

Sold for £38,750

Contact Specialist

Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Director, 20th Century & Contemporary Art

44 20 7318 4065

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 February 2020