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Armed Robbers Break into TEFAF, Causing Evacuation

June 28th, 2022

A group of armed men broke into TEFAF Maastricht this week in an attempted robbery, causing an evacuation of the fair.  “TEFAF has robust procedures in the event of a security breach,” a spokesperson for the fair said. “These were precisely followed, and all visitors, exhibitors and staff were safely evacuated. The fair has now reopened.”
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Michelangelo Sketch Sells for $24 Million in Paris

May 19th, 2022

A recently unearthed Michelangelo sketch, considered to be the artist’s first nude, has sold  at Christie’s Paris for a record 23 million euros ($24 million). “Michelangelo has decided to make the figure into something that corresponded more to his aesthetic by making him much more robust and monumental, while at the same time keeping the fragility of the figure, who is exposed and shivering” as he awaits baptism,” says Christie’s Old Masters expert Stijn Alsteens.
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Basquiat Work Sells for $85 Million at Phillips $224.9 Million Night

May 19th, 2022

The Jean-Michel Basquiat work from the collection of Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had a strong return to auction last night at Phillips, where it achieved $85 Million, part of a total sale of  $224.9 million, the highest in the company’s history. 
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Gerhard Richter

b. 1932
Lives and works in:

Cologne, Germany

Represented by:

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris

Education includes:

Kunstakademie, Dresden, Germany
Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf, Germany

Richter, born in Germany, received his first artistic training at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Dusseldorf from Karl Otto Gotz in the early 1960s. Around the same time, he began interacting with other emerging artists like Sigmar Polke and Konrad Fischer-Lueg with whom he’d later form the group called the Capitalist Realists, a group centered on satire, inspired by current political conditions.

In 1963, he held his first solo exhibition at Mobelhaus Berges in Dusseldorf, unveiling his highly nostalgic photo-derived style of painting. His first exhibit in U.S. was held in 1973. Fifteen years later, he received his first North American retrospective by the Art Gallery of Ontario and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The Museum of Modern Art in New York exhibited a retrospective of his work in 2001 called “Forty Years of Painting”. The work featured showed the artist’s range and diversity within his catalog, especially between his early dark, blurred works with his later abstract paintings, some of which had a brilliant palette.

He has received numerous awards, including Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Award, the Wolf Prize from Israel’s Wolf Foundation, the Oskar Kokoschka Prize, the Arnold Bode Prize and Junger Wester Art Prize.

Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman Paris January 27-March 1, 2008 [ArtObserved]