Gallerist did a round up of all the dealers bringing Gerhard Richter works to ArtBasel. Some, like the one pictured above from the Armory Show, have been making the rounds. But supply of the sought of after abstracts, especially big ones, seems to be tight even as demand continues to swell:
The abstracts at Basel this year, at least the ones the Observer was able to find out about in advance, will, for the most part, be small to medium sized. Dominique Lévy is selling a 1997 Abstraktes Bild that is about 39 by 35 inches. The gallery is asking for upward of $6 million for the painting, which has swipes of red, yellow and green amidst an array of grays. Marlborough is bringing an Abstraktes that is yellow with a portrait orientation.
Anthony Meier Fine Arts, from San Francisco, is selling nine works by Richter and has what looks to be one of the largest Richter paintings that will appear at Basel. It is a gray, squeegeed painting from 2006, 15.Nov.06 (898-12), 50 inches tall and 46 inches wide. A similarly sized untitled Richter sold for $2.8 million in 2012 according to Artnet, though that one was dated much earlier, to 1989. They are also selling the 16th edition of Cage Grid, the painted grid 10-feet-square, inspired by the music of John Cage, for about $1.5 million. New York’s Barbara Mathes Gallery has four Richter paintings in its booth, all of them small enough to hold.
Mr. Richter’s longtime dealer, Marian Goodman, will have a selection of works by the artist in her Basel booth—think of it as a warm-up for the Richter exhibition that will inaugurate Ms. Goodman’s new London branch in October.
Galerie Thomas from Munich is selling an eight-foot tall painting, named Grau (1974) after its gray color-palate, for approximately $4 million. The gallery is also offering a 1989 graphite and colored pencil drawing and a 1988 abstract pencil and paper drawing, which Galerie Thomas director Joerg Paal told the Observer is not often on the market.