Gerhard Richter - New Now London Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Van Ham Kunstauktionen, Cologne, 2 December 2010, lot 443
    Private Collection, Europe
    Phillips, London, 11 December 2013, lot 17
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Emanuele Garbin, Il bordo del mondo: La forma sguardo nella pittura di Gerhard Richter, Venice, 2011, pp. 155-157
    Hubertus Butin, Stefan Gronert and Thomas Olbricht eds., Gerhard Richter - Editions 1965-2013, Ostfildern, 2014, no. 125, p. 276
    Gerhard Richter: Die Editionen, Essen, 2017, p. 34
    Hubertus Butin, Gerhard Richter. Unikate in Serie / Unique Pieces in Series, Cologne, 2017, pp. 148, 149, 152, 153

  • 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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War Cut II

signed, numbered and dated ‘25/50 Richter, 2004’ on the endpaper
oil on artist's linen book
26 x 22 x 2.5 cm (10 1/4 x 8 5/8 x 0 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2004, this work is number 25 from an edition of 50 unique variants.

£50,000 - 70,000 ‡♠

Sold for £93,750

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New Now

London Auction 5 December 2018