Gerhard Richter Says Auf Wiedersehen to Marian Goodman, His Dealer of Nearly Four Decades, to Join David Zwirner

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Gerhard Richter Says Auf Wiedersehen to Marian Goodman, His Dealer of Nearly Four Decades, to Join David Zwirner

German contemporary art giant Gerhard Richter is changing representation at age 90, jumping from New York’s Marian Goodman Gallery, his dealer of 37 years, to join David Zwirner, who has locations in New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong did. .

“I am pleased to be represented by David Zwirner. I have known David since his childhood as I already worked closely with his father, Rudolf Zwirner, in the 1960s,” Richter said in a statement. “I feel it represents a beautiful continuity across generations.”

“We are very proud to have represented one of the most remarkable artists of our time for nearly 40 years,” Philipp Kaiser, Goodman’s president and a partner at the gallery, told Artnet News in an email. “We recognize his decision at this stage of his life.”

The new exclusive presentation will kick off with a solo show of Richter’s work at one of Zwirner’s New York galleries in March 2023. (Way back in 1994, less than a year after opening his gallery, Zwirner ‘ n prints and multiple displays of the artist’s work, followed by one-off exhibitions in 2000 and 2004).

Gerhard Richter Birkenau Cycles (2014). Photo © SPK/photothek.net/Xander Heinl/ © Gerhard Richter 2021.

One of the most successful and famous living artists, Richter has achieved success in a diverse range of styles and mediums since his career began in the 60s, with both abstraction and figuration, and painting as well as photography.

“To be able to work with Gerhard Richter is a great honor and a great privilege. Richter has without a doubt created one of the most conceptually complex and aesthetically heterogeneous oeuvres in art history,” Zwirner said in a statement. “By avoiding adherence to any ideology or dogma, Richter was able to both celebrate and subvert the act of painting. In the process, he single-handedly opened up the medium to completely new possibilities and investigations.”

installation view, "Gerhard Richter: Painting After All at the Met Breuer, 2020. Photo: Chris Heins, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Installation view, “Gerhard Richter: Painting After All” at the Met Breuer, 2020. Photo by Chris Heins, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Born in Dresden, Germany, in 1932, Richter studied art at the Dresden Hochschule für Bildende Künste in the 1950s, and at Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf after escaping East Germany in 1961.

The artist represented Germany at the 1972 Venice Biennale, and won the Golden Lion at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997. Richter has appeared in a record eight editions of Documenta in Kassel, Germany (1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 2007 and 2017).

Richter’s long list of institutional solo shows includes outings at the Center Georges Pompidou, Paris (1977, 2012); the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (1988, 2003); Tate Modern, London (1991, 2011); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1993); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2002); and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2022). In February, Richter’s native Germany celebrated his 90th birthday with a quartet of solo museum shows.

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He was also a market star, with an auction record of £30.38 million ($46.35 million) set in 2015 with the sale of a Abstract image (1986) oil painting at Sotheby’s London, according to the Artnet Price Database. (Richter called the price “shocking.”) The Time that “the whole art market is hopelessly excessive.”)

Demand for Richter’s work seems to have peaked in the mid-2010s, in the wake of his Tate Modern retrospective. He sold $298 million worth of art in 2012 and $294 million in 2014, before falling somewhat between 2017 and 2020. But annual sales never dipped below $100 million, rebounding to $247 million in 2021 and $223 million this year, with Richter’s third largest auction result recorded in May, with another Abstract image Achieved $36.5 million at Christie’s New York.

The artist has talked about winding down his production in recent years, calling a large commission of stained glass windows at the monastery in Cologne, where Richter lives and works, his last work in 2020. But his “retirement” from painting in 2017 was short. -lived, and the artist is debuting a show of new works at the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland this spring.

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