Gerhard RICHTER

(1932)
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Born in 1932 in Dresden, Gerhard Richter moved to West Germany in 1961 where he started painting his first Photopaintings, works made from existing images

(his own photos or press or amateur shots) which he transformed into pictorial objects.Resembling blurred photographs, these canvases were quickly noticed on the international scene.In 1972 he represented Germany at the 36 th Venice Biennale with 48 portraits based on photos of famous men.Like Andy Warhol, Richter “mechanized” his production, making canvases from “ready-made” images and using the “scraping” technique. In the 1980s, his first abstract works – invariably titled Asbtraktes bild – added a new dimension to the colorfields of American Abstract Expressionism (Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, etc.). In the early 2000s, his traveling exhibition Forty Years of Painting (curator: Robert Storr) was highly acclaimed at the MoMA. He subsequently became one of the most important painters of his generation and his prices rocketed. Between 2011 and 2018, 23 of his works fetched sums above the $20 million threshold. One of them, acquired in 1999 for $607,500 (Abstraktes bild, Sotheby’s, 18 May 1999) resold for $46.3 million at Sotheby’s in 2015.

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