New York — Etel Adnan & Gerhard Richter Is On View at FLAG Art Foundation Through May 13, 2017

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

 Etel Adnan| Gerhard Richter at THE FLAG Art Foundation, 2017. Photography by Object Studies
Etel Adnan| Gerhard Richter at THE FLAG Art Foundation, 2017. Photography by Object Studies

The FLAG Art Foundation’s joint exhibition of works by Etel Adnan and Gerhard Richter promises a unique perspective towards rarely-seen works by two of the most prolific artists working today.  Both celebrated for their distinct renderings of abstraction and color spectrum, Adnan and Richter have pursued disparate trajectories that mark them today as pioneers in nonfigurative art.  Yet certain graphical and technical similarities between the two make for a striking exhibition, consolidating the two artists’ work through tapestry, a path for which both painters diverged from their canvas-based practices to experiment with visual extents of the traditional craft method. (more…)

AO Auction Recap – London: Phillips 20th Century and Contemporary Evening Sale, October 5th, 2016

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Andy Warhol, 20 Pink Maos (1979), via Phillips
Andy Warhol, 20 Pink Maos (1979), via Phillips

Complementing the offering of new works across town at Regent’s Park, Phillips London has opened a week of auctions around Frieze Week, closing out its 30-lot sale this evening with a consistent sale, seeing 6 of the evening’s 30 lots go unsold to reach a final tally of £17,867,750. (more…)

AO Auction Preview – London Contemporary and Post-War Evening Sales, October 5th – 7th, 2016

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hannibal (1982), via Sotheby's
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hannibal (1982), via Sotheby’s

With the opening days of Frieze London also come the opening forays into the secondary market for the fall calendar for the British capital, with Phillips, Sotheby’s and Christie’s each trying their hand at a market that has seen distinctly turbulent, albeit occasionally impressive results for what many are calling a sales slump.  Coming off a sluggish summer with an above expectations at Phillips’ New, Now, Next sale of young artists in the past weeks, market spectators and the odd speculator are watching the Contemporary Evening Sales closely this week.

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled (2007), via Phillips
Rudolf Stingel, Untitled (2007), via Phillips

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New York – Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman Gallery Through June 25th, 2016

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Gerhard Richter, 940-6 Abstraktes Bild (2015), via Art Observed
Gerhard Richter, 940-6 Abstraktes Bild (2015), via Art Observed

Gerhard Richter has returned to New York City this month, opening a diverse exhibition of new works at Marian Goodman Gallery, including a continuation of his Abstraktes Bild and Aladin series, alongside a new group of abstract drawings. (more…)

Gerhard Richter Defends German Museum Threatened by Closure

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Gerhard Richter has harshly criticized a move to close the Museum Morsbroich in Leverkusen, Germany, and to sell its collection.  “A public art collection is not a financial investment that can be plundered depending on the cash situation,” he says.  “It is a piece of art history and represents the cultural memory of its trustees.” (more…)

London – Gerhard Richter: “Color Charts” at Dominique Lévy Through January 16th, 2015

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Gerhard Richter, 180 Farben (180 Colours) (1971) Photo: David Brandt
Gerhard Richter, 180 Farben (180 Colours) (1971) Photo: David Brandt, all photos © Gerhard Richter

The relentlessly inventive Gerhard Richter is the subject of a meticulously crafted exhibition at Dominique Lévy in London this month, shedding light on a less recognized body of work from the early years of his decades long career.  Dating back as far as 1966, Richter’s works in the Color Charts series promise a unique and disparate offering, juxtaposed with his eminent and contemporaneous Photo Paintings, which brought the German artist massive global recognition.   This selection, compiled from a number of different collections globally, reunites a handful of earlier examples from the Color Charts  series for first time since they debuted at Munich’s Galerie Friedrich & Dahlem in 1966. (more…)

Gerhard Richter Shows Color Charts in London

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

As Gerhard Richter opens a historical exhibition of his “Color Chart” works from the 1960’s at Dominique Lévy in London, Art Info notes the significance of the works on the artist’s career, and his initial inspiration while passing through a Düsseldorf hardware store, where he saw a selection of paint sample cards.  “I preferred the unartistic, tasteful and secular illustration of the different tones to the paintings of Albers, Bill, Calderara, Lohse, etc.,” Richter says. (more…)

Georg Baselitz Withdraws Works from German Museums in Protest of New Law Proposal

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Georg Baselitz, via Art NewspaperProtesting the contentious new proposal by the German government to limit international sales of valuable and historical works from German collections, Georg Baselitz has announced he is withdrawing his works from German museums in protest.  The move comes on the heels harsh criticism from a number of high-profile German artists, including Gerhard Richter. (more…)

Marian Goodman Discusses New London Gallery

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Marian Goodman, via Art InfoIn a conversation with the Wall Street Journal, art dealer Marian Goodman discusses her new London gallery, set to open October 14th with an show of recent works by Gerhard Richter, whom she represents. The article describes Goodman’s expansion into the area as a “defensive move designed to protect territory she’s staked out over decades” against potential poachers such as David Zwirner and Hauser & Wirth, both of which have galleries in the neighborhood.  In addition to Richter, this “territory” includes artists such as Steve McQueen, John Baldessari, and William Kentridge, an impressive dossier that is testament to Goodman’s reputation as both a good judge of talent and a loyal agent.  (more…)

Art Market Trends Suggests Secure Profit Lies in Big Spending

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Cy TwomblyA recent Bloomberg article features an examination of the direct correlation between value appreciation and the price of pieces at auction. By studying the auction sales of the top ten artists over the past ten and twenty years, the article suggests that, in the ever-shifting art market, the safest way to ensure a profit is to buy big names like Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter, and Damien Hirst at big prices.

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Sotheby’s Leads London Sale with 1994 Gerhard Richter

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Gerhard Richter, Wand (Wall) (1994), via Art Market MonitorSotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale in London next month will be lead by a 1994 piece by Gerhard Richter, valued at $49 million.  Wand (Wall) sat for many years in the artist’s personal collection, during which time it was exhibited in a number of major exhibitions.  “As its title suggests, Wand (Wall) presents a compelling wall of colour with horizontal bands of cadmium red, blue and magenta that deliberately echo the chromatic intensity of a Mark Rothko,” Sotheby’s notes in its statement. (more…)

Vanity Fair Announces Results of Greatest Living Artists Poll

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Gerhard Richter, via The GuardianVanity Fair Magazine has unveiled an expansive survey of the world’s greatest living artists, with Gerhard Richter topping the list, and followed by Jasper Johns and Richard Serra.  The voting panel included a number of recognized artists, including Marina Abramović, Carl Andre, John Baldessari, and Fernando Botero. (more…)

AO Auction Preview: Frieze London Auction Week, October 17th-20th, 2013

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Gerhard Richter, White, (1988), via Phillips
Gerhard Richter, White, (1988), via Phillips

Frieze London opened its doors to VIP’s and the press today, beginning another hectic week of exhibitions, sales and, as is to be expected, major auctions from Phillips, Sotheby’s and Christie’s.  Beginning tonight, the three auction houses will look to capitalize on the atmosphere of frenzied competition that so often marks the major art weeks, with each bringing forth a strong collection of works from across the contemporary art landscape.

Peter Doig, Red Canoe (2000), via Christie's
Peter Doig, Red Canoe (2000), via Christie’s (more…)

Christie’s to Offer $20 Million Piece by Gerhard Richter from Collection of Eric Clapton this November in New York

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Gerhard Richter, Abstraktes Bild (809-1), via Art DailyChristie’s November 12th auction in New York will feature a classic Gerhard Richter, on sale from the collection of musician Eric Clapton.  Abstraktes Bild (809-1), which was painted in 1994, is estimated to sell between $20 and $25 million.  “Richter is certainly the greatest abstract painter working today, Abstraktes Bild (809-1) is remarkable for the illusion of space that develops, ironically, out of his incidental process: an accumulation of spontaneous, reactive gestures of adding, moving, and subtracting paint,” says Christie’s Post-War Chairman Brett Gorvy. (more…)

London – Gerhard Richter: “Tapestries” at Gagosian Gallery Through July 27th, 2013

Monday, July 22nd, 2013


Gerhard Richter, Abdu (2009),  © Gerhard Richter 2013

Currently on display at Gagosian Gallery’s London space on Davies Street are a series of 4 tapestries, created in 2009 by prominent artist Gerhard Richter, entitled Abdu, Iblan, Musa and Yusuf.  Combining the artist’s signature style with bold new aesthetic forms, the works are based on the artist’s 1990 work, Abstract Painting (724-4).

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New York – AO Auction Results: Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale, Tuesday May 14th, 2013.

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013


World renowned auctioneer Tobias Meyer during the sale of the Yves Klein sculpture, which ultimately sold for $22 Million

Sotheby’s hosted its contemporary evening auctions last night, with Principal Auctioneer and Head of Contemporary art Tobias Meyer coaxing the audience through the sales with high energy and style.  The sale, which totaled at $293.6 million, trumps last year’s spring auction of $266.6 million, while falling short of the auction house’s record high of $375 million last November. (more…)

Seller’s Market Hints at Landmarks Sales at Auction This Month

Monday, May 6th, 2013

André Derain's Madame Matisse in a KimonoThis month’s upcoming arts auctions are projected to see over $1 Billion in art change hands in the next few weeks, with a number of major works by Gerhard Richter, Barnett Newman and Fernand Léger all expected to command impressive auction prices.  Analysts are pointing to new focuses on artist’s early work, and aggressive price setting by the auction houses as evidence that the market is ripe for sale, which could lead to a number of record-setting transactions. (more…)

Richter’s Photo-Realist Masterwork to Lead Sotheby’s May 14th Auction

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Gerhard Richter, Domplatz, Mailand (1968), via ArtDailyDomplatz, Mailand, the 1968 photo-realist painting by Gerhard Richter, will be the preeminent highlight of Sotheby’s spring Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York, carrying an estimated price of $30-40 million.  The sale comes months after the artist’s Abstraktes Bild (809-4) set a new record for his work at auction, and has a history of impressive sales at auction, setting a previous sales high for Richter 15 years ago.  Says Sotheby’s Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art, Tobias Meyer: “The work represents the pinnacle of Richter’s technical achievement and its scale, power and visual impact rivals his celebrated abstract works. This is the work the market has been waiting for and its sale is certain to be an historic event.”  (more…)

Bacon Triptych Joins Basquiat and Richter in Sotheby’s Auction Next Month

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for a Self Portrait via BloombergThe Francis Bacon triptych Three Studies for a Self-Portrait is expected to sell for $24 million at auction next month.  The work will join paintings by Gerhard Richter and Jean-Michel Basquiat in a 56-lot auction by Sotheby’s with a minimum valuation of $101 million, based on hammer prices. (more…)

Warhol Tops List of Highest Selling Artists

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Andy Warhol Self-Portrait 1967 Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of ArtReflecting the ongoing prominence of American postwar art on the global market, Andy Warhol was recently determined to be the highest selling artist at auction for 2012.  With sales topping $380.3 million last year, Warhol has supplanted Chinese painter Zhang Daqian at the top of the list.  German painter Gerhard Richter was also named the highest selling living artist.  “The market is selective and concentrated on works by certain artists. The instant recognizability of masterpieces by Warhol and Richter makes them well suited to performing well.” Says Jonathan P. Binstock, senior adviser at Citi Private Bank Art Advisory & Finance. (more…)

On the “co-dependency” of Painting and Photography in a Digital Era

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Strips 2011 Gerhard Richter-via BloombergThe WSJ examines current exhibitions and works that blur the line between — and explore the intricate relationship of — painting and photography; among them is the Whitney’s popular Wade Guyton midcareer retrospective, where the artist prints images directly onto canvas using an inkjet printer; as well as Gerhard Richter’s strip pieces, “paintings” made with machines . (more…)

London – “Isa Genzken” At Hauser & Wirth, Through January 12th, 2013

Thursday, December 27th, 2012


Isa Genzken, Installation View (2012), courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth is currently showing Isa Genzken’s mixed media readymade assemblages, a variety of figural sculptures. Isa Genzken was born in 1948 and currently resides and works in Berlin. She was previously married to Gerhard Richter, with whom she has collaborated over the years. Genzken is a mixed media sculptor whose work draws on aspects of constructivism and minimalism, also taking inspiration from architecture. Her work is often compromised of media associated with building materials, used in conjunction with readymades.

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AO On Site (Final Summary Part 2 of 2): The Art – Art Basel Miami Beach Art Fair 2012 Photoset and Recap

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Sean Kelly, Los Carpinteros, Kosmaj Toy (2012)
Sean Kelly Gallery, Los Carpinteros, Kosmaj Toy (2012).

All images by A.M. Ekstrand for ArtObserved, on location at Art Basel Miami Beach Fair.

Art Basel returned once again in Miami Beach this past week for the 11th annual Art Basel Miami Beach Fair. Featuring over 300 galleries representing 36 countries around the world, the show has exhibited marked growth from last year’s event, with well over 2,000 artists flocking to exhibit at what has become the internationally-renowned closing party for the world art market each year.  It is of course always an irony that tens of thousands will fly down for the events and parties, with many of them never visiting the vast aggregation of what it said to be roughly $1.5 billion worth of art in one (large) room, a collection that few museums in the world could compete with.   Below is a selection of some of the works we thought to be notable from the fair.

Helly Nahmad Gallery, Mark Rothko No. 1 (1957) and Alexander Calder, installation view
Helly Nahmad Gallery, Mark Rothko No. 1 (1957) and Alexander Calder, installation view

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Art Critic Jerry Saltz finally gets his “faux” Richter

Monday, November 26th, 2012

faux Richter by Stanley CasselmanCritic Jerry Saltz says: “I love art, but I hate the astronomical prices it sells for.” So, last year he posted a request on Facebook for artists to make him a faux Richter painting, and describes his reaction to the final product: “All of the paintings seemed Richterian, but many had an Impressionistic, un-Richterian prettiness. Many looked too thought-out. Accidents looked intentional rather than discovered … then I understood that only when Stanley stopped thinking he was making a Richter could he make one.”  He has ordered more faux pieces by various artists. (more…)