A woman looking at Gerhard Richter's 4900 Colours in a mirror

Gerhard Richter's 4900 Colours
Gerhard Richter's 4900 Colours
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German painter Gerhard Richter, considered one of the masters of contemporary art, has a work called "4900 Colours". The work shown in the photo is the work. It is part of the "Color Chart Series," which is based on color samples, and consists of 50 cm plates painted in 25 different colors, arranged in a random pattern. The total number of plates is 196, or 25 x 196 = 4900, hence the title.

Although the entire work is composed of 196 plates, what is interesting is that there is no fixed arrangement of the plates: the 196 plates can be displayed as a single square, or they can be displayed side by side in a line. In a solo exhibition held at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, the plates were displayed in six sections: five 30 x 30 squares and one 20 x 20 square.

The fact that there is no set arrangement means that neither the panels themselves nor the work as a whole have the concept of up, down, left or right. This is in stark contrast to Mondrian's "New York City 1," which was pointed out to be displayed upside down, even though it is a similar abstract painting with only a grid pattern drawn with thin strips of three-color tape.

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PHOTO DATA

No

12398

Shooting Date

Jul 2022

Posted On

November 17, 2022

Place

Kitanomaru Park, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS LOXIA 2/35

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