GERHARD RICHTER, S. mit Kind, 1993 [poster]

S. mit Kind, 1993
99,5 x 67,5 cm
offset on firm paper, poster
published by Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany 1993

History of prices:
The Archive is Limited, Amsterdam € 250,- 23 August 2019
Auktionshaus Stahl, Hamburg, Germany € 725,- 18 September 2010
See also Artnet


GERHARD RICHTER, Editionen 1965-1993, 1993 [poster edition]


GERHARD RICHTER, Editionen 1965-1993, 1993 [poster edition]
84,5 x 59 cm
offset on paper, signed in print
also hand signed
hand signed edition unknown
published by Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany

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GERHARD RICHTER, Eis, 2016 [artist’s book – facsimile]


19,5 x 11,5 cm
artist’s book, offset, 144 pp., ca 320 grams
46 by hand tipped-in black and white images
limited edition 350
published by Salon Verlag, Cologne, Germany
order at Salon Verlag

This book is a facsimile of Gerhard Richter’s original design for ‘Eis’, an artist’s book first published by Galeria Pieroni in 1981. The brown yellowish glue stains shining through the pages of that dummy are reproduced here, as an extra factual layer. The 46 pictures – glued in the middle of the book – are reproductions of photos Richter took in Greenland.

The most interesting contribution Gerhard Richter has managed to deliver in the comtemporary visual arts is the uninterpreted image, i.e. an image without interpretation, morality or emotion. A picture made with the objectifying camera leads to a matter of pictorial fact. Since we are used to read images within a fraction of a second Richter manipulates his images by blurring them, and so creating a cooler distance from the viewer looking at an image. Due to this added misty curtain it is more difficult to detect what is going on. Also it blocks a first fast reading. What Emmanuel Kant analysed for the theory of knowledge is what Gerhard Richter analysed for the pictorial phenomenology, i.e. knowledge a priori (knowledge one is born with) or a posteriori (knowledge achieved by experience) is comparable to Richter’s observation that a photo is empty (no thoughts, no ideology, no theme, no order) or loaded (with ethics, aesthetics, etc.).
Since Gerhard Richter is convinced that the objectivity of the (snapshot) photo has to be helped by providing it with manipulations of distance, he states that painting a photo is the best way to bring its emptiness of no position to perfection.

Reading ‘Eis’ against the background of the above one may say that Richter’s idea to make this artist’s book with no beginning and no ending is expressing his will to neutralise a fixed direction of reading (in fact, there are no texts to read). Black and white images are glued in and some are shown upside down towards each other, depending from where you start reading the book. After some confusion one may accept its awkwardness of how to read on and a kind of reader’s ‘floating’ is created. This awareness of being in a cloud is the detached situation Richter is looking for. In German one would say: “Richter’s richtige Richtung” leading to a void in which there is no urge anymore to judge. The reader finds himself in a pictoriality of no beginning and no ending.

© KvG augustus 2016



The tipped-in images in the middle seen from the book edge:

inv. GRich 309

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GERHARD RICHTER, Wald, 2008 [artist’s book]


GERHARD RICHTER, Wald, 2008 [artist’s book]
24,6 x 17 x 3,4 cm
offset, German language, 396 pp., ill., 1.3 kilograms
HC with dust jacket
edition 2000
published by Walter Koenig Buchhandlung, Cologne, Germany
pristine condition
€ 465,-

Gerhard Richter’s artist’s book Wald assembles 286 photographs that he has taken since 2005 in a forest Hahnwald close to Cologne. These photographs focus on fallen trees and branches lying on the woodland’s ground, i.e. photos on vertical tree trunks and horizontally piled logs or diagonally broken branches.

Opposite to the typology of the photographs, Gerhard Richter used a text taken from Waldung – Magazin für Wald, Wandern, Wissen, No. 1/2006, a German magazine about forestry. The text is composed of computer generated ad randomness, without syntax or linguistic logic. What is left of the original content is a collage of loose words and a scattered vocabulary of the articles in the magazine.


Gerhard Richter Style Tote Bags, 2015 [Abstract Painting]


Gerhard Richter Style Tote Bags, 2015
each ca 65 x 25 x 8 cm
print on polyester bags: “Abstract Painting” I, V and IV
produced by RedBubble, San Francisco, USA
condition: mint

RedBubble Pty Ltd (a proprietary limited company abbreviated as ‘Pty Ltd’ is an Australian business structure) advertises in 2015 as follows: ‘Gerhard Richter Style is also available as Throw Pillows, Drawstring Bags, Art Prints, Canvas Prints, and Posters’. Here three tote bags inspired by abstract paintings of Gerhard Richter directly referring to subsequently “Abstracts Bild I”, “Abstracts Bild V” and “Abstracts Bild IV” [sic].
For some reason in 2018 these Style Tote Bags 2015 are not offered anymore by RedBubble Pty Ltd. In stead a company called and have started to sell similar products.
In 2019 offers on its side only four products that are made with the consent of Gerhard Richter. Shown are two ‘Throw Pillows’ and two ‘Tote bags’ with reproduced details of two paintings.

RedBuble Pty Ltd sells not only in-the-style-of, but also merchandised Gerhard Richter products. See more at RedBubble Gerhard Richter products.





GERHARD RICHTER, 1024 Colours, 2015 [tote bag]


GERHARD RICHTER, 1024 Colours, 2015
ca 11 x 13 x 3 cm / 70 x 50 cm
pouch with polyester Tote bag, two attached labels
edition unknown
published by Loqi LLC, Saint Helena, USA
condition: mint
inv.GRich 874-875-876

Descriptions of the term tote or tate for bags, meaning bags “to carry”, can be traced back to 1900. During the 1950s, tote bags began to enter into the main culture. Women primarily utilized them as practical handheld bags because they didn’t require much care.

Merchandising art can be considered as a form of commercial appropriation. Previously merchandise products like that were usually put on the market after the death of famous artists like Vincent van Gogh or Piet Mondriaan. Since Appropriation art came into fashion, nowadays living artists accept this spin-off income as almost part of the art they are making, I guess. It is striking that commodities like tote bags or mugs are offered for just a few years at venues like museums and then they disappear completely and become part of history.

Here a detail of a painting of Gerhard Richter called “1024 Farben” has been reproduced on a synthetic shopping bag apparently authorized or sanctioned by the artist as a product design by Loqi, a Limited Liability Company.




inv.GRich 401

57,3 x 40 cm
digital pigment print on heavy quality paper
signed, numbered
edition 100
published by Die Welt, Berlin, Germany
mint condition
€ 8.800,- plus € 32,- Track & Trace registered mail

“Die Welt” of 5 October 2012
offset newspaper
edition ca 251.500
published by Die Welt, Berlin, Germany
29,5 x 40 cm (folded)

The own family is a recurring motive in the work of Gerhard Richter, opposite to newspaper clippings of people he doesn’t know and that he integrates in his paintings. He painted his first wife, Ema, he portrayed his daughter “Betty” as well as his “Uncle Rudi” and “Aunt Marianne”. The latter two family members were painted in relation to Nazi Germany.

The front page of the edition of the daily newspaper “Die Welt” depicts Richter’s second wife Sabine in a white bathrobe and his son Theo in a striped towel, although not recognizable. Painted in his renowned style of blurring a realistic image. Gerhard Richter remarked that it reminded him of Ingres’ painting ‘The Turkish Bath’ (the picture was taken in hotel “Waldhaus” in Sils-Maria).

History of prices:
Artsation GmbH, Munich, Germany € 10.400,- June 2016
Lempertz, Cologne, Germany € 5.208,- November 2015 (hammer price)
Artsation GmbH, Munich, Germany € 10.400,- December 2014
Artsation GmbH, Munich, Germany € 7.350,- September 2013
Artsation GmbH, Munich, Germany € 5.350,- August 2013
Die Welt, Berlin, Germany September (year of issue) € 2.000,-


GERHARD RICHTER, offset print, signed page [1980-1990]

Untitled, n.d. [ca 1980-1990]
27 x 21 cm
offset, book page, signed in black ink
Collection Kees van Gelder, Amsterdam
€ 900,- + registered mail

“This work is part of an extensive unique collection of catalogue pages and various printed matter signed by Gerhard Richter. The way the signatures are placed on the reproductions create a distance and deconstruction of the illusion of the image. A phenomenon that is very similar to the signed Goslar Kerze poster of 1988. His signature positioned straight on top of the image as an ultra short painter’s gesture – opposite to the hard labour of his elaborate swept paintings – high lightens the gap between the reproduced and the uniqueness of each handwriting apparently integrated in the image.

One of the most important characteristics is the way the artist creates a distance between emotions possibly aroused by an image and the way a painting is blurr painted. Or in this case is reproduced and then disturbed by the gesture of a hand writing. The question about what the reproduced represents is put aside or at least put on hold by showing us two separate moments of two different ‘images’. This is opposite to what Roland Barthes called “punktum”. The depicted arouses direct emotions of recognition or disgust, caused by a meaning that pops up before we realize this. Nothing is in the way and these meanings suddenly appear to come out of the photo, id est here out of  the abstract picture. This is in contrast to what Barthes calls the ‘studium’, which refers to the longing of a search of meanings in a picture. In fact it is ajourning the pass of a judgement on what is seen until the addition sum is made. In his catalogue pages, each signed on loose prints, the two never seem to come together due to the different levels and meaning of each ‘image’. The abstract painting here reproduced in print never reconciles with the image of authorization a signiture stands for. The viewer has to look to the dimension of the reproduced being confronted again and again with the un-pictorial “standard sweep curtain” of Richter’s signature.” Kees van Gelder, October 2006


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GERHARD RICHTER, Sindbad, 2010

GERHARD RICHTER, Sindbad, 2010
31,5 x 30 x 2,3 cm / 12.4 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches
silkscreen, lacquered pages, banderole, 116 pp.
1,4 kilograms
limited edition 800
published by Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Cologne, Germany
sealed as published; mint condition
€ 2.250,- plus registered mail

Originally “Sindbad” is the title of a series of 98 pictures, painted on the back of panes of glass in 30 x 24 cm format, from 2008. In their first exhibition, Richter paired them as diptychs, like 49 double pages.

The concept of this book was already clear at the time of their painting. Richter decided to reproduce all of the pictures in original format, cut over three pages, leaving a bar of two centimetres blank at the binding. This gives the book its form. The seven texts about ‘Sinbad the Sailor’, each set in three columns over double pages, give structure to the extensive, “fairytale” series. The banderole around the book contains an introduction to the journey. Every detail – paper, typography, layout and flow of the book – was decided by the artist. “Sinbad” (in German “Sindbad”) is without doubt a further highlight in Gerhard Richter’s series of artist’s books.

Sindbad is the title of a series of 98 lacquer pictures made in 2008, painted on the back of 12 x 10-inch panes of glass. For their first public exhibition, Richter paired them as 49 diptychs, which resembled 49 book-page spreads, pointing towards the possible ideal incarnation of these works as a large-format artist’s book. Using silkscreen printing, this volume reproduces all 98 of the pictures at their original dimensions. Seven texts, on the theme of Sinbad the Sailor (in German only), are interleaved with these magnificent images, and a bellyband around the book offers a concise introduction to the work.


History of prices:
eBay-ashbinx74 € 1.588,- July 2020
Buchhandlung Walter Koenig, Cologne € 1.800,- October 2019
The Archive is Limited, Amsterdam € 720,- February 2018
Buchhandlung Walter Koenig, Cologne € 680,- March 2017
Antiquariat Heuberger, Cologne € 650,- January 2017
Buchhandlung Walter Koenig, Cologne € 680,- November 2014

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25 x 21 cm
hard cover, 340 pp.
edition 2000; nrs 1-200 signed with felt-tip pen on penultimate page, numbered
2,000 copies, numbered with stamp on the penultimate page, of these a few copies are also signed, dated and marked h.c. in felt-tip pen on the penultimate page,
150 copies, signed, dated and numbered in blue ballpoint on penultimate page
published by Walther Koenig, Cologne, 2004

In May 2002, Gerhard Richter photographed 216 details of his “Abstraktes Bild Nr 648-2”, 1987. Working over a period of several weeks, Richter combined these 10 x 15 cm details with 165 texts on the Iraq war, published in the German FAZ newspaper on March 20 and 21. ‘War Cut’ follows an ever denser rhythm in which texts and gaps take up the same amount of space as the pictures, creating a strictly composed work of open and closed layouts and their mirror images. A conceptual artist’s book about the war in Iraq and one may say war in general communicated through newspapers.

In 2012 a second edition in English was published with a different book cover:



History of prices – signed version edition 200
Bengtsson Fine Arts, Landskrona, Sweden $ 2700.-  November 2010