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Sale: 416 / Post War / Contemporary Art, June 07. 2014 in Munich Lot 873

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Scharnier, von gestern zu morgen. 2005.
Oil on canvas.
Verso signed, dated and titled. Twice inscribed "DR/M 175" on stretcher. 220,3 x 170,2 cm (86,7 x 67 in).

Daniel Richter's large oil paintings are among his most sought-after works. They are rarely offered on the German auction market.

PROVENANCE: Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (with several gallery labels as well as with stamp onm stretcher).

Daniel Richter was born in Eutin in 1962. He studied at the Academy for Visual Arts in Hamburg under Professor Werner Büttner. Richter worked for the contemporary artist Albert Oehlen (painting, object art, installations, and music) and created cover art for the Buback Chicks on Speed Records. He took over the professorship for painting at the University of Arts in Berlin in 2004. He gave up this position early to move to the Academy of Visual Arts in Vienna and fill the professorship for extended pictorial space. Endtimes scenerios in the spirit of Hieronymus Bosch and Francis Bacon hold his works together without shocking motifs. Everything remains connected by a single intimation. His works up until the year 2000 were defined by intense abstraction, but in his work since then figuration has come ever further to the fore. Daniel Richter lives and works in Berlin and Hamburg.

This impressive large-size painting by Daniel Richter is part of the work group of 'Rückenfiguren' (back figures), made as o f2005. In these works Richter focused on the rear view of the male figure, placing it in an isolated undefined space. No reference can be observed, but the Kippenberger's self portrait facing the observer with the back titled "Martin, ab in die Ecke und schäm Dich" from 1989 is mentioned by Richter as inspiration (cf. Christoph Heinrich, Beachte den Vogel! in: Daniel Richter. Die Palette 1995-2007, ex. cat. Hamburg et al, Cologne 2007, p. 15). In our painting the figure also faces the wall. It may be nude, however, through the gestural stroke of the brush and the foggy contours it is not entirely stripped. It seems to disperse in front of the wall, which forms a glistening background of colorful triangular shapes, delivering an art historical reference to the theory of colors.

In 2004 Richter became professor for painting at the University of Arts in Berlin, in 2006 he changed to the Vienna Academy of Visual Arts. Lately his works were shown at Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2011), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek (2012) or at the Kunsthalle Kiel (2013).
Daniel Richter is represented in, among others:
Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
David Zwirner, New York/London
Galerie Andreas Höhne, Munich
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg
Saatchi Gallery, London
Sammlung Boros, Berlin
Sammlung Kopp, Munich
Sammlung Rheingold, Mönchengladbach
me Collectors Room, Berlin
Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg-Harburg

Daniel Richter
Scharnier, von gestern zu morgen, 2005.
Oil on canvas
€ 80,000 / $ 90,400
€ 100,040 / $ 113.045

(incl. 22% surcharge)

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