GERHARD RICHTER, ‘Kerze’, n.d. [1988 Goslar Kerze]
89,5 x 94,5 cm / 35.2 x 37.2 inches offset
signed, edition 250
published by Verein zur Förderung moderner Kunst / Mönchehaus-Museum für moderne Kunst, Goslar, Germany
still available: signed poster with text in very attractive high quality frame. Ref. Goslar Kerze, text, framed
Gerhard Richter’s Goslar Kerze is a reproduction of a painting called “Kerze” (1982), although image mirrored. Originally this motiv was used for a poster designed by the artist announcing his solo exhibition in Mönchehaus-Museum für moderne Kunst in Goslar in 1988.
In 2004 Süddeutsche.de Neueste Nachrichten announced a sudden appearance of Gerhard Richter’s ‘Kerze’ signed with the names Joseph Beuys and Georg Baselitz. “At that time I signed for fun also with Beuys and Baselitz”. This was not done as a provocation, but more in a spirit of “foolhardiness”.
The painter Gerhard Richter said he signed with names such as Beuys and Baselitz on early offset prints ‘just for fun’. He confessed this in the latest edition of “Monopol” magazine, published by Florian Illies. In 1988 Gerhard Richter signed 250 copies of his offset print ‘Kerze I’ at a price of 50 marks each, on behalf of the ‘Verein zur Förderung moderner Kunst’ in Goslar.
A few prints now popped up that show a completely different signature. Richter, who is now considered the most expensive German artist alive, said: ‘Back then I also signed with Beuys and Baselitz on them, out of burlesqueness.’ This was not a provocation, it was more “overconfidence”
Richter’s modest comment on “Kerze I” that was sold at Sotheby’s in New York last May for $ 26,400: ‘Of course, $ 26,000 is at least $ 25,000 too much.’
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 29.09.2004
History of prices:
Mönchehaus-Museum für moderne Kunst, Goslar, Germany DM 800,- December 1988
Auction House Ketterer Kunst, Munich, Germany € 7.500,- November 2011