Gerhard Richter: Colour ChartsExhibition

Gerhard Richter: Colour Charts

Dominique Lévy is pleased to announce Gerhard Richter: Colour Charts, an exhibition featuring a vital group of paintings selected from the artist’s original nineteen Colour Charts produced in 1966. Presented with the support of the Gerhard Richter Archive, the exhibition is the first to focus on the earliest works of this series since their inaugural appearance at Galerie Friedrich & Dahlem, Munich in 1966. At once paradoxical and coalescent, the Colour Charts highlight an important moment in the artist’s career and are situated across multiple leading art movements of the twentieth century.

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Colour Charts’ inception, the exhibition brings together works from multiple prominent international institutions. These include the Hamburger Kunsthalle, who is lending 192 Farben (192 Colours), 1966, Richter’s earliest fully realised Colour Chart and the only work from this series executed in oil, and the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden who is lending Sechs Gelb (Six Yellows), 1966, one of the largest single-panel Colour Charts, originally exhibited at Friedrich & Dahlem in 1966. Gerhard Richter: Colour Charts also features an earlier work, Sänger (Singer), 1965/1966, a Photo Painting with a colour chart of various shades of red painted on the obverse side of the canvas, which provides an integral insight into the artist’s conception of the series. Additionally, Richter’s 180 Farben (180 Colours), 1971, has generously been provided by the Gerhard Richter Archive in Dresden. Comprised of twenty panels, each with a three-by-three grid, this work is the first Colour Chart Richter produced when he returned to the series in 1971, after a five-year hiatus.

Gerhard Richter: Colour Charts is accompanied by a comprehensive book featuring newly commissioned essays by Dietmar Elger, Head of the Gerhard Richter Archive; Hubertus Butin, curator and author of several key texts on Richter; and Jaleh Mansoor, Professor at the University of British Columbia, whose research concentrates on modern abstraction and its socio-economic implications. This book is the first publication dedicated to the original Colour Charts.

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Selected Works

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  • Sechs Gelb (Six Yellows), 1966
    Enamel on canvas
    78 3/4 x 67 inches (200 x 170 cm)
    © Gerhard Richter, 2015. Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden.
    Photo: Volker Naumann, Schönaich

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  • Fünfzehn Farben (Fifteen Colours),1966-1996
    Enamel on canvas
    78 3/4 x 51 1/8 inches (200 x 130 cm)
    © Gerhard Richter, 2015
    Photo: Tom Powel Imaging, Inc.

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  • 180 Farben (180 Colours), 1971
    Enamel on paper, laid down on hardboard (in twenty parts)
    Each: 24 x 33 7/8 inches (61 x 86 cm)
    © Gerhard Richter, 2015.

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Selected Press

The Burlington Magazine | Recent Exhibitions

February 1, 2016

For viewers who regard an encounter with a work of art primarily as an insight into a singular creative …

Artforum | Gerhard Richter

January 1, 2016

Seeing Gerhard Richter’s early “Farbtafeln” (Color Charts) reassembled for the first time since …

Connaissance des arts | L'echelle Chromatique de Gerhard Richter

January 1, 2016

L’idee est venue preque par hasard lors d’une visite chez un quincaillier de Dusseldorf: Gerhard …

Aesthetica | Review of Gerhard Richter: Colour Charts

December 26, 2015

In 1966, Gerhard Richter produced a series of Colour Charts which were a diversion from his most notable …

Elle Decor Italy | Gerhard Richter. Colour Charts

November 2, 2015

Colour Charts è il titolo della mostra di Gerhard Richter in corso in questi giorni presso la galleria …

Tatler | Art for Sale: Work that's off the Richter scale

November 1, 2015

There are artists- and then there is Gerhard Richter. The biggest-selling living artist, fetching …

Independent | Richter scales the heights 50 years on

October 23, 2015

Dominique Levy’s small, beautifully crafted show aims to crystallise a vital moment in Gerhard Richter’s …

The New York Times | London Exhibition Brings Out Another Side of Richter

October 22, 2015

When the artist Gerhard Richter exhibited his first series of Color Chart paintings...

Architectural Digest | London's Best Fall Art Shows

October 13, 2015

This show pools together a number of Richter’s “Colour Chart” paintings, originally produced …

Full-spectrum | Gerhard Richter's Colour Charts at Dominique Lévy

October 13, 2015

Concealed round the back of Dominique Lévy’s first-floor Bond Street gallery is a typical photo-painting …

The Financial Times | Gerhard Richter: Colour Charts

October 10, 2015

In 1966 Richter noticed a display of paint sample cards in a Dusseldorf hardware store.

Evening Standard | Frieze Art Fair 2015 and beyond: The big art shows and events in London this October

October 9, 2015

Richter’s Colour Charts have proved hugely important to the artist, and are the basis of his stunning …

The Financial Times | Critics' Choice — Gerhard Richter

October 9, 2015

Dominique Lévy is pleased to announce Gerhard Richter: Colour Charts, an exhibition featuring …

Blouin Artinfo | 10 Must-See Exhibitions During Frieze Week London 2015

October 8, 2015

Gerhard Richter Colour Charts at Dominique Levy Gallery showcases an important group of Richter’s …

Mousse Magazine | “Gerhard Richter: Colour Charts” at Dominique Lévy, London

October 1, 2015

Dominique Lévy is pleased to announce “Gerhard Richter: Colour Charts,” an exhibition featuring …

Cultured | Gerhard Richter

October 1, 2015

Gerhard Richter first introduced Colour Charts in 1966. The paintings, a series of compositions comprising …

Widewalls | Gerhard Richter Colour Charts in London - Presented by Dominique Levy

August 24, 2015

Gerhard Richter’s Colour Charts will be on display for the first time in the last five …

Artnet | Gerhard Richter’s Legendary Color Charts Turn 50

August 4, 2015

In 1966, artist Gerhard Richter began painting simple, uniform grids of colored rectangles or squares …

Art Matter Magazine | Colour Charts at Dominique Lévy

August 1, 2015

Dominique Lévy has announced Gerhard Richter: Colour Charts, an exhibition of paintings selected …

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Dominique Lévy London
October 13, 2015 – January 16, 2016

Gerhard Richter: Colour Charts at Dominique Lévy London featured a vital group of paintings selected from the artist’s original nineteen Colour Charts produced in 1966. Presented with the support of the Gerhard Richter Archive, the exhibition was the first to focus on the earliest works of this series since their inaugural appearance at Galerie Friedrich & Dahlem, Munich in 1966.

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