GERHARD RICHTER b. 1932
Born in Dresden 1932 (German)
Title: City | Stadt, 1968
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Dated Screenprint on thin Card
Paper size: 30.5 x 26.6 cm. / 15.4 x 15.4 in.
Image size: 15.1 x 11.1 cm / 5.9 x 4.4 in.
Additional Information: This original screenprint is hand signed and dated by the artist in pencil at the lower sheet edge.
It is one of 200 unnumbered (as issued) impressions printed by Hans Möller, Hubbelrath, Düsseldorf and published by Art & Music GmbH, Bahnhof Rolandseck.
There were also six trial proofs.
Note: Photography has always been intrinsically linked with Gerhard Richter’s practice and, in particular, the use of aerial photography. In 1968 and over a two-year period the artist undertook a series or paintings and editions which related to city or townscapes. There were over 50 compositions derived from newspaper and magazine photographs which were reduced to singular plane shapes and grayscale tones by Richter. The process of anonymising the visual landscape was often intentional so as not to detract the viewer in an effort to discover a real-life location, but rather encourage the viewer to engage with visuals in front of them.
In “City”, Richter has added another element of lenticular ridges which anchors the image firmly in the photographic world, yet the image is a screenprint. The lenticular ridges also act as a means of further obscuring the specific location and allowing the composition to be more universally understood as a depiction of the urban environment. The snapshot of the camera, to the reduction by Richter and the eventual obscuring all come together at once to evoke the sense of a city, without focussing on the time, or the place and so the image becomes a timeless representation of urbanism.
Literature: Ed. (2017). Gerhard Richter: Die Editionen. Folkwang: Museum Folkwang/ Steidl Gottingen
Reference: Butin 15
Condition: Excellent condition