RELEASE: SIX MAJOR WORKS BY GERHARD RICHTER AT CHRISTIE’S THIS SPRING

THE MOST VALUABLE AND IMPORTANT GROUPING OF WORKS BY RICHTER TO BE SOLD AT CHRISTIE’S A LANDMARK EVENT IN THE RICHTER MARKET

New York

Post War and Contemporary Evening Sale – 8 May 2012  

New York —Christie‘s is pleased to announce the auction of an exceptional selection of six important works by Gerhard Richter at its Post-War and Contemporary Sale on May 8, 2012. This major comprehensive grouping includes works from the  60’s to the 90’s and is estimate to realize more than $40 million.

Robert Manley, International Director, Specialist Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art declared: “Christie’s is fortunate to be offering an outstanding group of major works by Gerhard Richter, including two unqualified masterworks, Seestück (Leicht bewölkt) and Abstraktes Bild (798-3) . The six paintings span 25 years of the artist’s career, from 1968 to 1993 and include his classic abstractions such as Abstraktes Bild (798-3) one of the most valuable Richters to come to market.  From a breakthrough period of the 1960’s comes his sublime Seestück (Leicht bewölkt) one of a small series of Seascapes executed in the late 1960’s, most of which are in museum collections, including the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart and the Kunsthalle Hamburg.  Rare to market is a 1968 large-scale painting Farbschlieren; sinuous, wide-brushed and vibrantly colored, it is integral to Richter’s development of his intuitive Abstrakte Bilders which would follow in the 1980’s. Rounding out the selection is a large Abstraktes Bild Violett (600-2) that was recently featured in the acclaimed Tate Modern retrospective, and two exquisite medium scale abstract paintings.  With an aggregate low estimate of almost $40 million, the six works are primed to be a landmark event in the Richter market.”

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