Ice 2. 2003. Silkscreen in colors. Butin 123. Signed, dated, numbered and inscribed "a. p.". One of 18 artist proofs, from a complete edition of 140 copies. On light ivroy board. 101.6 x 81.2 cm (40 x 31.9 in). Sheet: 111,2 x 89 cm (43,7 x 35 in). The edition is based on a photograph of the oil painting "Eis (2)" (catalog raisonné of paintings no. 706-2). Printed by Brand X Edition (with the blindstamp), New York. Published by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., New York.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Rhineland.
Graphic works by Gerhard Richter are largely based - as it is the case with this work, too - on photo-mechanic reproduction techniques, which abrogates the contrast between hand work and industrial technology. The fact that the work "Ice 2" is based on a photograph of an oil painting by the artist from 1989 additionally underlines this abrogation. While the haptic element of this silkscreen - in contrast to the oil painting - remains largely concealed, the state of total abstraction fully comes out in this work. The grayish streaks and colorful patterns structures become indistinct and seem to entirely dissolve. The result is in line with Richter's self-declared intention: "I sometimes feel that I should not call myself painter, but rather picture maker, as I am more interested in pictures and not in painting." (Gerhard Richter, quote after: Hubertus Butin, Stefan Gronert and Thomas Olbricht, Gerhard Richter. Editionen 1965-2013, Ostfildern-Ruit 2014, blurb).