The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, November 23, 2014


Sotheby's London sells Eric Clapton's Richter Abstract for record £21.3/$34.1 Million
Abstraktes Bild (809-4) by Gerhard Richter, 1994, oil on canvas, 225x200 cm. Estimate £9-12 million/$14.1-18.8 million. Photo: Sotheby's.
LONDON.- Tonight in London, Sotheby's establishes new auction record for Gerhard Richter with sale of his Abstraktes Bild (804-9) for the outstanding sum of £21,321,250 / $34,190,756, far surpassing pre-sale expectations of £9-12 million, smashing the previous record for the artist by almost $13 million, and establishing the highest price at auction in London this week.

This abstract oil on canvas masterwork from 1994 came from the collection of Eric Clapton and sold to an anonymous buyer after two telephone bidders competed for the work for over 5 minutes until it finally sold to a round of applause for the new record sum.

Produced as part of a concise series of four works numbered 809 in Richter’s Catalogue Raisonné, monumentally scaled and richly chromatic Abstraktes Bild (809-4) ranks alongside the very highest tier of Richter Abstracts housed in museums internationally.

Gerhard Richter’s abstract works represent the furthest most point and crowning achievement of his ground-breaking conceptual inquiry into the fundamental objective of painting - an aesthetic investigation that reached its mature zenith at the moment Abstraktes Bild came into being during the mid-1990s. With its sweeping primaries of red, yellow and blue, in chromatic and compositional power Abstraktes Bild rivals those works held in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as the astounding four-part Bach series housed in the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. The sister painting to this work, numbered 809-3, presently resides in the joint collection of the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Delivering an arresting display of seemingly endless chromatic variegation, Abstraktes Bild possesses an aesthetic authority of the very highest calibre within Richter's magisterial abstract corpus. Interestingly, the united colour palette of Abstraktes Bild confers a particular allusion to RGB colour. Comprised of red, green and blue, the synthesis and manipulation of these three wavelengths of light are utilised for the sensing, representation and display of images in electronic systems as well as for traditional photography. The painting is a masterpiece of calculated chaos and a paradigm of Gerhard Richter’s mature artistic and philosophical achievement.





Today's News

October 13, 2012

Major Roy Lichtenstein retrospective opens at The National Gallery of Art in Washington

Sotheby's London sells Eric Clapton's Richter Abstract for record £21.3/$34.1 Million

High Museum of Art examines pivotal moments in 20th century art through new exhibition

"Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets" charts a new language, a distinct American voice

Met Museum launches major web resource offering access to hundreds of its publications

Autumn auctions at Koller Geneva include an important collection of Aboriginal art

Kiki Smith's first United Kingdom solo show since 2006 opens at Timothy Taylor Gallery

Masterpiece London reaps what it has sowed; conserved painting unveiled at the Wallace Collection

With the passing of Karen Renders, the Art Brussels Art Fair loses an emblematic figure

Shuttle Xing: Endeavour treks through LA streets to final home at California Science Center

White Cube in Hong Kong opens its first exhibition with artist Cerith Wyn Evans

Recent and upcoming activity of the artists short-listed for the Hugo Boss Prize 2012

Yoko Ono honored at Brooklyn Museum's Women in the Arts Fundraising Luncheon

Former Bay Area performance artist's solo exhibition focuses on spontaneous sculptures

Bronze self-portrait of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi as Greek god of fire in Bonhams sale

In My View: Personal reflections on art by today's leading artists

Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck & Media Farzin receive inaugural Moving Image Award

Over 200 original works by the late artist Anne. E. Lisette Boysen will be sold by Gordon S. Converse & Co.

Decades of Miss Subways smiled on NYC straphangers

Into the Light:The Healing Art of Kalman Aron by Susan Beilby Magee

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Greece holds breath as skeleton found in Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis

2.- Spain mourns the death of art collector Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Duchess of Alba

3.- Meet the ancestors: Exhibition at Bordeaux gallery reveals faces of prehistoric humans

4.- Getty Foundation and partners launch free of charge online art collection catalogues

5.- Historic photos of dead Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara resurface in small Spanish town

6.- Exhibition showcases the first two 'Poesie' created by Titian following their restoration

7.- O'Keeffe painting sells for more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist

8.- Crystal Bridges announces the departure of museum President Don Bacigalupi

9.- artnet Auctions offers a later example of Yayoi Kusama's important Infinity-Nets series

10.- 'Degenerate art' should go back to museums: German advisor Jutta Limbach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site