Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London Private Collection, Belgium Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, 14 November 2003, Lot 197 Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin Acquired from the above by the present owner
London, Anthony d' Offay Gallery, Gerhard Richter: Mirrors, April - June 1991, cat. no. 61, p. 73
"Every time we describe an event, add up a column of figures, or take a photograph of a tree, we create a model: without models we would know nothing about reality which we can neither see nor describe but which we nevertheless conclude exists. We attract negative names to this reality: the un-known, the un-graspable, the infinite, and for thousands of years we have depicted it in terms of absolute images like heaven and hell. With abstract painting we create a better means of approaching what can neither be seen nor understood because abstract painting illustrates with the greatest clarity... with all the means at the disposal of art, 'nothing.'"
This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged intermittently verso to the mat and window matted. The sheet is slightly undulated throughout and three of the corners show evidence of minor surface abrasions to the sheet at the lower right, lower left and upper left corners likely from the time of execution. Framed under Plexiglas. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.