Gerhard Richter To Feature In Sotheby’s Sale This November

After Abstraktes Bild (809-4) by Gerhard Richter recently set a new record of $34.2 million (£21.3 million) for the highest price paid at auction for any work by a living artist, is Sotheby’s able to keep that momentum going? We will find out November 13th when the Contemporary Art Evening Sale takes place in New York.

Featured in the upcoming sale are not one but three paintings by Gerhard Richter. Abstraktes Bild (712) from 1990 is a good representation the the artists large abstract work of the period and is one of only eight paintings created in 1990 that exceeds two and a half meters in height. Abstraktes Bild (712) is estimated to realize in excess of $16 million.

At the other end of the spectrum from abstraction are the two works entitled I.G. which are in his signature blurred photo painting style. Both depict the painter’s then wife, artist Isa Genzken and explore the ambiguity in the interaction between photography and painting. Each of these is expected to realize $3/4 million.

This is the same sale that will feature the Rothko entitled No.1 (Royal Red and Blue).

GERHARD RICHTER: Abstraktes Bild signed, dated 1990 and numbered 712 on the reverse oil on canvas 102 in x 78¾ in. 260 cm x 200 cm.

GERHARD RICHTER: I. G. signed, dated 1993, and numbered 790-4 on the reverse oil on canvas 28 in x 40 in. 72 cm x 102 cm.

GERHARD RICHTER: I. G. signed, dated 1993, and numbered 790-5 on the reverse oil on canvas 28 in in x 32¼ in. 72 cm x 82 cm

All images courtesy of Sotheby’s

Joseph Fields