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Editions form an essential part of Gerhard Richter’s œuvre. From 1965 onwards he has produced prints, photographs, oil paintings, artist’s books, multiples, and posters.
“Theory has nothing to do with a work of art. Pictures which are interpretable, and which contain a meaning, are bad pictures. A picture presents itself as the Unmanageable, the Illogical, the Meaningless. It demonstrates the endless multiplicity of aspects; it takes away our certainty, because it deprives a thing of its meaning and its name.” — Gerhard Richter
Lately, Richter was increasingly focused on his Abstract Paintings. Based on Gerhard Richter´s Flow paintings, which were created by capturing poured enamel paints on a glass surface, these editions are chromatographic prints of high-resolution photographs of the originals, mounted on aluminum. The artist refers to them as “facsimile objects”, as, even if they proceed indeed from the Flow paintings, this series distinguishes from the originals in some aspects: in some cases, they are presented differently by the artist; in others, they represent the only version of paintings that no longer exist. This exclusive series was released by Serpentine Galleries.