Gerhard Richter: 'The Unknown, The Infinite'

Feb 18, 2014 6:02PM

‘Paintings are better the more intelligent, the more beautiful, the more mad, the more extreme, the more evident, the more incomprehensible their way of showing this incomprehensible reality.’ (G. Richter, ‘Statement’, Documenta 7, Kassel, 1982, unpaged).

In the video to the right, Katharine Arnold, Specialist in Post-War and Contemporary Art, discusses Richter's Abstraktes Bild, revealing the allure of the painting.

Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art auctions in London recently set a new record, reaching the $1 billion mark in sales, including works from our Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction held on February 13, 2014. Work was offered by artists such as Francis Bacon, Jeff Koons, and Domenico Gnoli, with Richter’s Abstraktes Bild fetching the hammer price of £19,570,500 ($32,487,030).  

View more auction results from our London Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction here.  

(Video courtesy of Christie's)