Gerhard Richter: 4900 Colours

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Composed of bright monochrome squares randomly arranged in a grid to create stunning sheets of kaleidoscopic color, Gerhard Richter's 4900 Colors (2007)--the latest result of the artist's long-term exploration of seriality--was created just following the completion of his design for the south transept window of Cologne Cathedral, unveiled in August 2007, which is made of 11,500 hand-blown squares of glass in 72 colors. 4900 Colors consists of 196 panels of 25 different colored squares that can be reconfigured in ...
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Overview

Composed of bright monochrome squares randomly arranged in a grid to create stunning sheets of kaleidoscopic color, Gerhard Richter's 4900 Colors (2007)--the latest result of the artist's long-term exploration of seriality--was created just following the completion of his design for the south transept window of Cologne Cathedral, unveiled in August 2007, which is made of 11,500 hand-blown squares of glass in 72 colors. 4900 Colors consists of 196 panels of 25 different colored squares that can be reconfigured in 11 variations, from one large-scale piece to multiple, smaller paintings. Version II--49 identically sized paintings, each 38 x 38 inches--was produced for Richter's 2008 Serpentine Gallery exhibition, also catalogued here, alongside texts by critics Benjamin Buchloh, Peter Gidal and Birgit Pelzer as well as Serpentine Director, Julia Peyton Jones and Serpentine Co-Director of Exhibitions Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783775723442
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH & Co KG
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerhard Richter was born in 1932 in Dresden, Germany. Since the early 1960s he has emerged as one of the essential painters of the postwar period, pioneering photorealism with paintings made from found photographs (amateur snapshots, advertisements and book and magazine illustrations) and then from his own photographs. His work has also profoundly engaged with and influenced such genres as Pop and abstract art. A retrospective of Richter's work was shown in 2001 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition was one of the largest ever organized there for a living artist, and traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.

Hans-Ulrich Obrist was born in 1968 in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1993, he founded the Museum Robert Walser and began to run the Migrateurs program at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris where he served as a Curator for contemporary art. He presently serves as the Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programs and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Julia Peyton-Jones Peyton-Jones, Julia Hans Ulrich Obrist Obrist, Hans Ulrich

Version II: Serpentine Gallery 10

The Diagram and the Colour Chip: Gerhard Richter's 4900 Colours Benjamin H. D. Buchloh Buchloh, Benjamin H. D. 61

Version I 72

Version III 78

Version IV 82

Endless Finalities, Part II Peter Gidal Gidal, Peter 87

Version V 102

Version VI 106

Version VII 110

Version VIII 112

The Asymptote of Chance Birgit Pelzer Pelzer, Birgit 117

Version IX 132

Version X 136

Version XI 140

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