Gerhard Richter

born 1932

Gerhard Richter, ‘Cage (1) - (6)’ 2006
Cage (1) - (6) 2006
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Gerhard Richter, ‘Self Portrait Standing, Three Times, 17.3.1991’ 1991
Gerhard Richter
Self Portrait Standing, Three Times, 17.3.1991 1991
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Gerhard Richter (German: [ˈʀɪçtɐ]; born 9 February 1932) is a German visual artist. Richter has produced abstract as well as photorealistic paintings, and also photographs and glass pieces. His art follows the examples of Picasso and Jean Arp in undermining the concept of the artist's obligation to maintain a single cohesive style.

In October 2012, Richter's Abstraktes Bild set an auction record price for a painting by a living artist at $34 million (£21 million). This was exceeded in May 2013 when his 1968 piece Domplatz, Mailand (Cathedral square, Milan) was sold for $37.1 million (£24.4 million) in New York. This was further exceeded in February 2015 when his painting Abstraktes Bild sold for $44.52 million (£30.4 million) in London at Sotheby's Contemporary Evening Sale.

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Chance and Intention: Gerhard Richter’s Abstractions

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ARTIST ROOMS: Gerhard Richter: Modern Times

Anthony d'Offay and Gavin Delahunty on ARTIST ROOMS Gerhard Richter: Modern Times exhibition at mima.


ARTIST ROOMS: Gerhard Richter Modern Times newspaper

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ARTIST ROOMS: Gerhard Richter at mima.

Anthony d'Offay on ARTIST ROOMS Gerhard Richter: Modern Times, exhibition at Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art.


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