Gerhard Richter abstract paintings auctioned .
I´ve read this morning at artprice (the world´s leader in art market information), that Gerhard Richter, an absrtract painter I normally talk about, happens to be the the world’s top selling living abstract artist.
In a previous post where I showed you some of Richter´s most stunning abstract paintings and I explained that what interests me the most is the free painting technique he uses as well some of the abstract painting series from 1985 onwards (mainly the Abstraktes Bild ones).
I believe this abstract painting technique is infinite in terms of potential interesting results. It´s a quite unique and personal way of painting. It would be great to know how did he started using it. Gerard Richter explains here somethings about it.
Reading the above 2009 Richter´s interview, you may have noticed two questions he is asked. In one, his white abstract paintings (like the one above) are compered with Robert Rauschenberg white paitings series exhibited in 1951 for the first time. He answers saying he did not know Rauschenberg abstract series. He also adds that what he sees on his white paintings it´s not a reduction dealing with the disappearence of painting, instead it has to do with white areas and objects he can not identify.
(the above image is the cover of another hiper intersting Rauschenberg´s art book worth taking a look) “He was one of the greatest American artists, who redefined what materials were suitable for art, boldly rebelling against the predominant abstract expressionism of the time.”
Continuining with the interview, he is also asked if this is a good time for painting. His answer is clear “It’s not. It’s been almost the end of the culture of painting for a hundred years. We have photography, film, installation… You know, I’m the only painter at this gallery. I didn’t realize this until now. All the others are conceptual, and I was struck by this: I thought, it cannot be.
While you meditate about his answer (I´ve already done it and do not agree at all), take also a look at this 300 high quality images book called Gerhard Richter: Fourty Years of paintings, one of those books I called a fine art piece on itself.
Spectacular book, isn´t it?. In this other article I show you some other abstract art books considered a piece of art.
And now take your time and enjoy some Richter´s paintings auctioned in 2012.
It seems that when G.Richter first exhibited the above candles series, not even one painting was sold. Did you know that Joan Miro´s first important exhition did not sell a single painting either?.
Spectacular art, isn´t it?. What an interesting technique! Whant to learn more aboutit ? This video documentary filmed at Richter´s studio in 2009 will show you more.
Hope you have enjoyed this article. If so please, share it with whom it may interest. But before finishing, there are a couple of questions I would like to ask you. Feel free to answer them at the comment section you will find below.
1. What do you consider to be the reasons behind Gerhard Richter´s high art prices?;
2. Do you agree with Richter when he says that this is a bad time for painting and that the culture of painting has been dying for the last 100 yrs?.
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update: as you read the above article, a new price record has been achieved. According to artmarketblog (Oct 14 2012) “A painting by Gerhard Richter from the collection of Eric Clapton has been sold for 21,321,250 GBP ($34.19 million) at auction in London setting a new auction record for a work by a living artist. Acquired by Clapton from Sotheby’s New York Contemporary Art Part One sale in November 2001 for 3,415,750 USD against an estimate of 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 USD, Abstraktes Bild (809-4) sold to an anonymous buyer after three telephone bidders competed for the work for over 5 minutes”