Art Basel 2014

In Basel, Work by Gerhard Richter Hits the Museum—and the Fair

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Abstraktes Bild, 1997

As collectors descend on Art Basel this week, they can expect to see a fair number of Gerhard Richters. The Fondation Beyeler has a major survey of the artist’s work in series, which it is billing as the largest Richter show ever to hit Switzerland. Meanwhile, a decent number of dealers showing in the Messeplatz are bringing works by the 82-year-old artist, whose prices have soared in Read More

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Jessie Washburne-Harris to Marian Goodman Gallery

Jarl and Pamela Mohn Collection Visit

Jessie Washburne-Harris has become a director at Marian Goodman gallery. She started at the gallery this week, and is based in New York. “The gallery is expanding and it seemed like a great opportunity,” she told Gallerist. Ms. Goodman, who runs one of the world’s most prominent galleries and represents artists such as Gerhard Richter and Read More


Gerhard Richter’s Complete Artist Books on View in Cologne

(Courtesy Bonhams)

It’s so rare in one’s art life to experience absolute completeness, to see every work—even if only in a single medium—by an artist. But right now, in Cologne, Germany, you can do just that with Gerhard Richter. Through May 17, Bonhams is currently hosting an exhibition of every single one of Mr. Richter’s artist books, or Künstlerbücher as they say in German. You can take a peek at them over on the artist’s remarkably comprehensive website. Read More


Sotheby’s Contemporary Sale Nets $375.1 M., House Record, With $75.1 M. Rothko in Front

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Sotheby’s saw its highest-ever auction total last night during a spirited, two-hour-long postwar and contemporary sale in which auctioneer Tobias Meyer hammered $375.1 million worth of art, including buyer’s premium, a sum that peaked just over the house’s high estimate of $374.7 million for the 69 lots on offer. Fifty-eight of those works sold, for a respectable 84.1 percent sell-through rate by lot, with new artist records for a number of Abstract-Expressionists—Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Arshile Gorky and Hans Hofmann—and for the 40-year-old painter Wade Guyton. Read More


Gerhard Richter Oil-on-Paper Work Sells for $842,500, Leads Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sale

Gerhard Richter, 'Untitled,' 1986. (Courtesy Sotheby's)

An untitled 1986 work by Gerhard Richter—an oil-on-paper work measuring about two feet by three feet—led the first Sotheby’s contemporary art sale of the fall season, bringing in $842,500, more than double its high estimate of $350,000. The sale, which took place on Friday, Sept. 21, in New York, brought in about $12.3 million, which was comfortably within its pre-sale estimate of $9.7 to 13.8 million, with 71.1 percent of lots selling. Read More

Look at This!

Gerhard Richter’s ‘Patterns’ Book

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This special edition of Gallerist’s “Look at This!” presents selections from Gerhard Richter’s 2011 book Patterns, which is officially being released by Distributed Art Publishers tomorrow.

To generate the images in the 488-page book, Mr. Richter took one of his 1990 abstract paintings and digitally dissected it. First he cut it into two separate strips, mirrored them and repeated them across the length of the page to produce two hallucinogenic waves of abstraction. Then he cut the painting into four strips and followed the same process, repeating each mirrored strip so that each of the four final resulting images are the same length. Next came divisions of eight, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1,024, 2,048 and 4,096. Works from that last division are simply straight horizontal lines of color, each one generated by minuscule cuts of the painting. Read More