Untitled I 2007
woodcut with etching, edn of 16
150.5 x 120.5 cm , 59.3 x 47.4 in
Pippy Houldsworth is delighted to present a rare and small edition of prints made by Daniel Richter in 2007. On display in London for the first time from 20 November 2009 to 9 January 2010, these four large-scale woodcuts with etching offer a glimpse into the versatility and diversity of this important German artist.
This group of works offers a distillation of Richter’s frantic, lurid and complex paintings, with their monochrome backgrounds, block-colour simplicity and bold lines. They present scenes drawn from a strange iconography of Medieval torture, where unfortunate individuals are stretched over spiked wheels, dangled over fires, and crushed by giant presses. Yet despite their gloom, the works retain a black humour, as visions of suffering are playfully and provocatively countered with the white ghost-like cartoon faces which transform the human figures. Giant, and seemingly incongruous, brightly-coloured birds preside – inquisitively or menacingly – over the scenes.
Richter is currently exhibiting individually at the Essl Collection of Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria and collectively in Remote Proximity, Nature in Contemporary Art, at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, and Paint Made Flesh at the Memorial Art Gallery, University of New York. He has also exhibited recently at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Denver Art Museum, Colorado, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Berlin, Museum Morsbroich, Germany and the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Vancouver. Daniel Richter is represented by David Zwirner, New York and Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin. Works are in the collections of MoMA, New York, Tate.