Markus Heinzelmann eds., Gerhard Richter: Overpainted Photographs, Ostfildern 2008, n.p., illustrated in colour
Gerhard Richter is one of the most important artists of our time. Since the early 1960s, he has tirelessly explored the medium of painting during a time when many have continued to herald its death. In 2008 the Serpentine Gallery presented 4900 Colours, a major new work by Richter comprising bright monochrome squares randomly arranged in a grid formation to create stunning sheets of kaleidoscopic colour. Richter developed a version composed of 49 paintings especially for the Serpentine Gallery.
For his donation to the Serpentine Gallery auction, Richter has gifted a set of two works to be auctioned as a single lot depicting Serpentine Co-Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Conceived as a diptych, the works were created on the occasion of the publication of the artist's book, Gerhard Richter: Obrist – O'Brist, by Walther Koenig, Cologne, in 2009.
Since 1964, Richter has had more than 100 solo exhibitions worldwide. He was the subject of a major touring retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and will be honoured with a retrospective exhibition at the Tate this autumn.