Gerhard Richter - Evening & Day Editions London Thursday, January 21, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Serpentine Gallery, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    see Hubertus Butin 138

  • Catalogue Essay

    For each painting, four different colours were randomly selected from an array of twenty-five. The edition was produced in conjunction with the exhibition 4900 Colours. Version II, which took place in 2008 at the Serpentine Gallery, London. The first example of a painting made up of four squares and four colours was produced in 1974 and titled 4 Farben.

  • 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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Quattro Colori (Four Colours) (B. 138)

Lacquer in four unique colours on Alu-Dibond plate, mounted on wood.
19.4 x 19.4 x 2 cm (7 5/8 x 7 5/8 x 3/4 in.)
Signed and numbered '22' in black felt-tip pen on the reverse, from the edition of 80 unique variants (there were also 15 dedicated copies), published by the Serpentine Gallery, London, lacking the original grey cardboard box, framed.

£30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for £55,440

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 21 January 2021