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Gray Mirror

Gray Mirror

Gray Mirror

Gray Mirror

Date: 1991

Artist: Gerhard Richter, German, born 1932

Medium: paint and enamel on glass
Dimensions:
1: 118 1/16 x 69 1/16 in. (299.9 x 175.4 cm)
2: 118 1/16 x 69 1/16 x 3/16 in. (299.9 x 175.4 x 0.5 cm)
3: 118 1/16 x 68 15/16 in. (299.9 x 175.1 cm)
4: 118 x 69 in. (299.7 x 175.3 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Gerhard Richter
Object Number: 734:1991a-d
Classification: PAINTINGS
Current Location:On View, Gallery 251
Notes:Gerhard Richter applied monochrome gray paint to the reverse sides of these four glass panels. Instead of producing an image, Richter transforms the gray paint on glass into a ground for reflections. Viewers can see themselves and their surroundings mirrored on the dark surfaces, and one can interpret these monochromes as large-scale photographic plates of endless exposure. Blurring the boundary between painting and photography, the artist explores the complex relationship between abstraction and representation.

Provenance1991 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by the artist [1]


Notes:
The four mirrors in "Gray Mirror" were fabricated in the United States through the Saint Louis Art Museum following detailed consultation with the artist [SLAM document files].

[1] Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, January 16, 1992.
Exhibition History
Title: German Art Now
Date: October 18, 2003 - November 11, 2004
Venue: SLAM

Title: Postwar German Art in the Collection
Date: May 01, 2013 - January 26, 2014
Venue: SLAM

Title: German Art Deutsche Kunst aus amerikanischer Sicht: Werke aus der Sammlung des Saint Louis Art Museum
Date: September 14 - November 14, 2004
Venue: Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt

Title: A travers le miroir de Bonnard à Buren
Date: October 20, 2000 - January 21, 2001
Venue: Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen

Title: Currents 102: Sarah Oppenheimer
Date: April 11–July 6, 2008
Venue: SLAM

Publication History
Title: A travers le miroir de Bonnard à Buren
Year Published: 2000

Title: Gerhard Richter: Eight Gray
Year Published: 2002

Title: Gerhard Richter: Paintings, Prints, and Photographs in the Collection of The Saint Louis Art Museum
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Edition: summer
Year Published: 1992

Title: Gerhard Richter
Year Published: 1993

Title: German Art Deutsche Kunst aus amerikanischer Sicht: Werke aus der Sammlung des Saint Louis Art Museum
Year Published: 2004

Title: German Art Now
Year Published: 2003

In Collection(s)
© Gerhard Richter, 2013