pigment on glass
Angelika Thill, et. al., Gerhard Richter Catalogue Raisonné: 1962 – 1993, vol. III, Osterfildern-Ruit, 1993, cat. no 736-3, illustrated in color
Mirror Painting (Blood Red), from 1991 is a rare and choice example from a small series of works on mirrors completed by Richter in the early 1990s. Embracing minimal abstraction, he fuses together glass and color into a flawless surface on an impressive scale. In the 1960s, Richter explored the aesthetic possibilities of reflective surfaces in free-standing panes of glass. He returned to glass in the 1990s – now exploring their role as reflectors of truth, but using color – primarily red or grey - to add a mysterious quality. As noted by Richard Cork, "there is a consolation to be drawn from the eloquence with which an outstanding contemporary artist can define the unfathomable condition of life, and devote all the complex resources of his art to helping us realize how little we can ever really know." (Exh. Cat., London, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, Gerhard Richter Mirrors, April – June 1991, p. 20)
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