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Giclée print, 2011
Signed Print Edition of 4
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Part of the Cage Grid series, Cage Grid I Single Part A is a signed giclée print by internationally regarded German visual artist, Gerhard Richter. Depicting a section of one of the artist’s 2006 Cage paintings, the print was issued in a very limited edition of 4 in 2011.
Together with Cage f.ff I, Cage f.ff II, Cage f.ff III, and Cage f.ff IV - works in the Cage f.ff series - this print is product of Richter’s alleged engagement with the music of avant-garde composer, John Cage, during the early part of the 2000s. A standout example of the artist’s signature approach to abstraction, a product of his highly regimented, prescriptive use of both ‘classic’ oil paints and large, home-made ‘squeegees’, the work is a dramatic assemblage of green and white paint. It is an abstract example of Richter’s longstanding fascination with ‘blurring’ - a technique he has also put to use in his photorealist paintings, such as the iconic Kerze (1988).
Portraying a detail from one of Richter’s 2006 Cage paintings, the print is resolutely non-representational. Demanding what famous curator and art critic Hans Ulrich Obrist describes as an ‘infinite process of looking’, it refers to an original work created during a period when Richter had been spending hours listening to Cage’s music, famed for its atonality and meditative qualities.