Go See: Gerhard Richter at Serpentine Gallery, London, opening today, September 23 through November 16

September 23rd, 2008

Gerhard Richter’s 4900 Colours: Version II via Serpentine Gallery

London’s Serpentine Gallery is set to display celebrated German artist Gerhard Richter’s 4900 Colours: Version II today, September 23. The piece is comprised of 4900 brightly colored squares arranged randomly by a concept Richter has coined “controlled chance.” The squares have been painted on 100 aluminum panels. The panels can be viewed altogether as a single work of art that measures 69 square meters or the work can be displayed as 49 separate pieces. Serpentine will display the 4900 Colours: Version II as separate original works. The new piece strongly resembles both the artist’s previous color abstractions dating back to the 70’s as well as a recent stained glass piece the artist created for the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.

Richter Says Nouveau Riche Have Sent Art Market `to the Dogs’ [Bloomberg]
Gerhard Richter Brings 4900 Colors to Serpentine [Digital Art]
Richter’s all square at the Serpentine [Guardian UK]
Gerhard Richter: 4900 Colours: Version II [Serpentine Gallery]

Gerhard Richter’s 4900 Colours: Version II displayed in various configurations Serpentine Gallery

Gerhard Richter’s stained glass window for Cologne Cathedral via Wired

Richter recently completed the 65-foot-tall stained glass window in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral. The piece was made to replace the original which was destroyed by bombs during World War II. It is comprised of 11,500 four inch squares cut from original antique glass. The artist used a computer program to arrange the pieces.

Polar to his abstract pieces Richter is particularly well-known for his lifelike paintings which often use photographs as a point of reference such as the above oil painting Lesende via Gerhard Richter.