Gerhard Richter, ‘Abstract Photo | Abstraktes Foto’, 1989, Gilden's Art Gallery

This photograph is hand signed and dated by the artist in black ink "Richter 89" at the lower right corner.
It is also hand numbered in black ink from the edition of 50, at the lower left corner.
The photograph was published by Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich in 1989 in an edition of 50 impressions, each signed and dated by Richter.
It is based on a photograph oil painting Abstraktes Bild [Abstract Picture], which can be found in the Catalogue Raisonné of Richter’s paintings with the number 684-4.

Provenance:
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.
Pace Wildenstein MacGill, Beverly Hills.

Exhibited:
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, “A New Reality: Black-and-White Photography in Contemporary Art”, 1st September - 18th November, 2007.

Literature:
Butin, H. (2013). Catalogue Raisonne. Gerhard Richter: Editions 1965-2013. Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit.
Reference: Butin 69

Condition: Very good condition. The plastic support reduced on all sides.

About Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter is known for a prolific and stylistically varied exploration of the medium of painting, often incorporating and exploring the visual effects of photography. “I like everything that has no style: dictionaries, photographs, nature, myself and my paintings,” he says. “Because style is violent, and I am not violent.” In the early 1960s, Richter began to create large-scale photorealist copies of black-and-white photographs rendered in a range of grays, and innovated a blurred effect (sometimes deemed “photographic impressionism”) in which portions of his compositions appear smeared or softened—paradoxically reproducing photographic effects and revealing his painterly hand. With heavily textured abstract gray monochromes, Richter introduced abstraction into his practice, and he has continued to move freely between figuration and abstraction, producing geometric “Colour Charts”, bold, gestural abstractions, and “Photo Paintings” of anything from nudes, flowers, and cars to landscapes, architecture, and scenes from Nazi history. Richter absorbed a range of influences, from Caspar David Friedrich and Roy Lichtenstein to Art Informel and Fluxus.

German, b. 1932, Dresden, Germany, based in Cologne, Germany