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Gerhard Richter: Sinbad

FLAG Art Foundation
545 West 25th Street, 9th floor
February 23 - May 26, 2011
Reception: Wednesday, February 23, 6 - 8 PM
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Gerhard Richter is one of the world’s foremost artists. His work, developed over several decades, alternates between figurative and abstract approaches and intentionally defies stylistic categorization.

Sinbad is the first series of works by Richter to allude to The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights), and was followed in 2010 by Aladdin. These small works - presented behind glass and arranged into forty-nine diptych pairs - explore concepts of chance and abstraction. Each piece, considered autonomous though it plays off its partner, contains drips, smears, and swaths of color.

The Sinbad series was first displayed in Cologne, at the Museum Ludwig (October 12, 2008-February 1, 2009). A limited edition catalogue, published by Walther König, Köln Germany to commemorate that exhibition is being released in February 2011.

Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden, Germany and currently lives and works in Cologne. He studied art at the Kunstakademie Dresden and the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He first began exhibiting in Düsseldorf in 1963. Retrospectives of the artists work have been on view at Düsseldorf’s Kunsthalle, Tate Gallery, London, Gallery of Ontario and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has participated in several international art shows, including the Venice Biennale (1972, 1980, 1984, 1997 and 2007), as well as Documenta V (1972), VII (1982), VIII (1987), IX (1992), and X (1997). He has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Praemium Imperiale, Tokyo, (1997); Wolf Prize, Jerusalem (1994-1995); the Oskar Kokoschka Prize, Vienna (1985); and Arnold Bode Prize, Kassel, Germany (1981). The artist is represented by the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York.
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