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Gerhard Richter: Printed! Druckgrafik, Foto-Editionen und Künstlerbücher, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany, 10 June 2004 – 5 September 2004; later travelled to Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland, 16 October 2004 – 9 January 2005; Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany, 19 February 2005 – 24 April 2005; Kunsthalle, Tübingen, Germany, 28 May 2005 – 17 July 2005; Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria, 23 July 2005 – 16 October 2005
Gerhard Richter: Die Editionen, Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany, 7th April – 30th July 2017, pp. 21, 26
Butin, H., Gronert, S., Gerhard Richter: Editions 1965-2004, Catalogue Raisonné, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2004, pp 107, 115
Elger, D., Gerhard Richter: Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 2, 1988-1994, Ostfildern 2015, no. 325-77
Lotz, C., The Art of Gerhard Richter, Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2015, p. 157
Butin, H., Olbricht, T., Gerhard Richter. Unikate in Serie / Unique Pieces in Series, 2017, pp. 104-105
The 120 canvases were hung in the studio in a block of 270 x 480 cm, painted as a whole and then offered individually at Westfälischer Kunstverein.
This original artwork by Gerhard Richter is available for immediate purchase.
German artist Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden and brought up in the remote countryside of present-day Poland, where his teacher father could avoid excessive contact with the Nazi authorities. Upon leaving school in what had then become communist East Germany, Richter initially worked as a signage painter before studying at nearby Dresden Academy of Art.
Later, whilst working as a teacher at the Dresden Academy, Richter took several commissions for the communist East German government – executed in the proscribed state-style known as Socialist Realism. Only a few months before the erection of the infamous Berlin Wall he was brave enough and lucky enough to escape the communist East for free West Berlin. Settling in Düsseldorf and continuing his studies at the city’s Fine Arts academy, Richter met the artist Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) and, in 1963, together they inaugurated the Kapitalistischer Realismus (or Capitalist Realism) group – a cutting-edge German variant of Pop Art.
Despite a prolific career, variously employing abstraction, sculpture and performance, today Richter is best known for his ‘photorealist’ paintings that mimic mechanical and digital reproduction, images that question the nature of perception in the age of ‘postmodern’ reality.
On September 11th 2001, Richter was flying to New York City but was diverted to Canada. Exploring the trauma of that infamous day - endlessly captured on film and camera – he created September: A History Painting by Gerhard Richter that sought to highlight the confused blurring of personal experience with mass media reportage. His iconic body of work is often immediately recognisable and skilfully distils the ‘condition’ and nature of contemporary life.
Exhibiting widely across Europe and the United Stated since the early 1960s, Richter’s work is highly coveted at auction and held in international museums across the world. Most recently his work was shown in solo exhibitions at Tate Modern in London (2011), Centre Pompidou in Paris (2012) and the Neue National Galerie in Berlin (2012).