Sale: 381 / Post War / Contemporary Art, June 04. 2011 in Munich Lot 251

 
Gerhard Richter - Ohne Titel


251
Gerhard Richter
Ohne Titel, 1989.
Acrylic
Estimate:
€ 10,000 / $ 10,000
Sold:
€ 16,250 / $ 16.250

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Acrylic over color photography, laid on cardboard
Signed and dated "9.4.89" lower right. On photo paper. 10,1 x 14,8 cm (3,9 x 5,8 in), size of sheet

PROVENANCE: Galerie Liliane & Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris (with label on frame covering).
Private collection Paris.

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 favor 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 gray 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. While Richter’s paintings from the late 1980s did entirely without figurative associations, the representational medium that shaped his early period of creation found its way back into the work of Richter through the painted photographs. He began by painting over standard photographs in a size of 10 x 15 centimeters. Just as it is the case with the squeegee technique he applied on his paintings – painting over photographs led to the same result, a disguised and alienated motif, as this early example from the work complex clearly shows. The viewer’s perspective, which is at first focussed on the photograph, soon enters a dialogue with spatial depths, color sequences and form references. In 2008/2009 Richter’s overpainted photographs are shown to a broad public in the Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen.

In 1997 his "Atlas" - a systematic collection of photographs and painted sketches - was exhibited a the documenta X in Kassel. 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. [JS].




251
Gerhard Richter
Ohne Titel, 1989.
Acrylic
Estimate:
€ 10,000 / $ 10,000
Sold:
€ 16,250 / $ 16.250

(incl. 25% surcharge)