Gerhard Richter’s Artist Books on Show at Bonhams for Art Cologne Fair

Bonhams will host the first complete and dedicated exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s artist books dating from 1966 to 2013. The show will be a rare opportunity to view the complete range of his publications as well as ephemera related to the artist’s early work when he was working side by side with Sigmar Polke and Konrad Lueg. The exhibition will coincide with ART COLOGNE (19-22 April), the oldest such fair in the world, and will run until 17 May.

Richter, was born in Dresden in 1932 and fled to West Germany in 1961. He now lives in Cologne. By the middle of the 1960s he had established himself as a successful artist and in 1966 his first artist book was published, a genre, in which he would continue to innovate throughout his career and which he has paid ever increasing amounts of attention to in recent years. He is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest living painters, a reputation reinforced by recent retrospectives at the Tate Modern in London and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. His artist books, rarely exhibited, give a very deep but also private insight into his work. Looking at the books “polke/richter:richter/polke”, “Eis” or “War Cut II”, it is clear the debt owed to Richter for his role in revitalizing the genre.

The exhibition will also coincide with the release later this year of the new catalog raisonné of Richter’s editions, to be published by Hubertus Butin and Stefan Gronert.
Amelie von Bülow, Bonhams Representative in Cologne, says: “We are delighted to be able to showcase this fantastic side of Gerhard Richter’s work, which we hope will bring Richter’s and indeed more generally, the ‘artist book’ genre back into the public eye.”