London: Anthony d'Offay Gallery, 1995. Richter, Gerhard. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of an unspecified edition, octavo size, 63 pp., signed by Gerhard Richter. Fine / fine. Item #19052304
German artist Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) produced artwork in a myriad of aesthetics and media throughout his lengthy and successful career; his works have been shown in numerous exhibitions and retrospectives worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and in the Venice Biennale several times. He works with diverse materials such as paints and glass, creating photorealistic as well as abstract imagery, and his paintings have sold for some of the highest prices on the art market.
This volume contains twenty-three paintings, reproduced at the actual size, by Richter in response to the imprisonment and deaths of members of the Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army Faction), a militant far-left group in West Germany, in the Stammheim Prison near Stuttgart, Germany. The paintings were done on pages from "Stammheim: The Case Against the RAF" by Pieter H. Baaker Schut; Richter obscures and reveals different parts of the text with thick smears of colour, creating a surface that both hints at meaning and defines more questions to be answered.
___DESCRIPTION: Stiff grey wraps, red and black lettering on the front board, black lettering on the spine, title page in red and black, twenty-three colour reproductions of paintings on paper by Gerhard Richter; octavo size (8" by 5"), pagination: [1-56] 57-60 [61-63], one of an unspecified limited edition, signed by Gerhard Richter on the limitation statement at the back of the book. In a white glassine wrapper, in a brown paper dust wrapper.
___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with clean covers, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; very light wear to the head and tail of the spine and top corners of the wraps, else fine. The glassine wrapper is fine, clean, without wear but for a few very shallow creases to the front flap. The brown paper wrapper is fine, unclipped, clean and without wear.
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