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Sale: 407 / Post War/ Contemporary Art, June 08. 2013 Lot 257

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Ohne Titel (8.5.08). 2008.
Lacquer paint over offset in colors.
Signed and dated "8.5.08" in lower right of backing cardboard, verso with date "8.5.08". On smooth paper, printed on both sides, originally mounted on backing cardboard. 28,8 x 21 cm (11,3 x 8,2 in), the full sheet. Backing cardboard: 42,5 x 38,5 cm (16,7 x 15,2 in).
From a series of unique pieces, made on occasion of a trveling exhibition in the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the Haus der Kunst in Munich. For each of the unique pieces Richter transferred a painting executed on a glass plate onto a page in an architecture book in monotype.

We are grateful to Dr. Dietmar Elger for his kind support in cataloging this lot.

After his studies of painting in Dresden from 1951 to 1956 and the three years that followed as a master-class student at the Academy, Richter emigrated to the Federal Republic of Germany. A large cache of early work, long believed to have been lost, dates from that period. Only a few of these works have survived. From 1961 to 1963 he studied under Karl Otto Götz at the Duesseldorf Academy of Arts. It is there that he became friends with Sigmar Polke, Blinky Palermo and Konrad Lueg - who was later known as the art dealer Konrad Fischer - , with whom he performed the "Demonstration in favour of capitalist realism" as a German version of Pop Art in 1963. In 1962, influenced by Giacometti and Dubuffet, he started with representational paintings based on photographs. This was the result of a changed view on art, which, according to Richter, "has nothing to do with painting, composition or color". His first solo exhibitions took place in 1964 at the galleries of Heiner Friedrich in Munich and Alfred Schmela in Duesseldorf. In 1967 Richter became guest lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg and in 1971 he was offered a chair at the Academy of Arts in Duesseldorf, which he held until 1996. Further visiting professorships from the College of Art in Halifax, Canada, in 1978 and the Städelschule in Frankfurt in 1988 followed. In his alpine and urban paintings of the end of the 1960s, the photographic pattern is reflected in thickly applied spots of color. With his color field series from 1971 to 1974, in which the artist he used the four primary colors faceted and in arbitrary combinations as well as his monochrome grey paintings of 1972-1975, Richter made decisive painterly components his subject. In 1976 Richter started to do abstract pictures with colored streaks, but nevertheless returned to representationalism again and again and turned the alternation between techniques of representation and stylistic incongruity into a principle. In 1997 his "Atlas" - a systematic collection of photographs and painted sketches - was exhibited a the documenta X in Kassel.

In his abstract works Richter repeatedly plays with representational associations: in our work the seemingly random color gradients make for a composition that leaves interpretation to the viewer. Richter deliberately used the principle of coincidence in his work. "I just do not have a very specific image in mind, but in the end I would like to get to an image which I had not planned. So this method of working with coincidence, arbitrariness, whim and destruction brings forth a certain kind of image, but never a predetermined picture. "(transl. of quote by Hubertus Butin and Stefan Gronert, Gerhard Richter. Editions 1965-2004, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2004, pp. 35/36). The result of the appearance of a work but always references the process of its creation.

Today Gerhard Richter is regarded as one of the internationally best known and most successful contemporary artists, whose works are appreciated by a wide audience on numerous exhibitions. [DB].

Gerhard Richter
Ohne Titel (8.5.08), 2008.
€ 75,000 / $ 87,750
€ 158,600 / $ 185.562

(incl. 22% surcharge)

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