Learn more via David Zwirner.
David Zwirner is pleased to present the gallery's first exhibition of works by Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) since the announcement of his representation in December 2022. Held at the gallery's location at 537 West 20th Street in New York, the exhibition will feature new and recent abstract works by Richter, all created between 2016 and 2022. This will be the first exhibition devoted to the artist's work in New York since his retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was only briefly on view in March 2020.
The exhibition will present a significant group of Richter's 'last paintings,' made in 2016–2017; a number of these abstract oil paintings will be shown here for the first time. Also featured will be a new glass installation that continues Richter's exploration of human perception and the built environment. An expansive suite of new works on paper from 2021–2022—some made with ink, and others with graphite and coloured pencil—will also be on view, as well as mood, a series of coloured ink sketches that were exhibited at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel in 2022.
Celebrated worldwide as one of the most important artists of his generation, with a career spanning from the 1960s to the present, Richter has pursued a diverse and influential practice characterised by a decades-long commitment to painting and its formal and conceptual possibilities. The artist has consistently probed the relationship between painting and photography, engaging a variety of styles and innovative techniques in a complex repositioning of genres. In Richter's work, dual modes of representation and abstraction fundamentally question the way in which we relate to images.
On the occasion of his exhibition at David Zwirner, Richter will publish a new, limited-run artist's book titled 100 Abstract Pictures. This presentation will additionally be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by David Zwirner Books with a newly commissioned essay by Dieter Schwarz. One of the foremost experts on Richter's work, Schwarz is an art historian, writer, curator, and former director of the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.
Concurrently on view at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin will be Gerhard Richter: 100 Works for Berlin. Opening in April 2023, this special long-term presentation will feature all 100 works that the Gerhard Richter Foundation gave to the museum on permanent loan in 2021, including his Birkenau (2014) series of large-scale abstract paintings. The Gerhard Richter Foundation's holdings include more than 100 works, which were donated in 2020 by Gerhard Richter.
Press release courtesy David Zwirner.
537 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
+1 212 517 8677
Mon - Fri, 10am - 6pm