Behind Grey Behind Glass

Gerhard Richter, Grau (hinter Glas) CR876-6, 2002, oil on glass in artist’s frame, 121.4 x 91.4 cm, selling at Christie’s in May

In 2002 Gerhard Richter made a dozen paintings with glass. Nine of them are straight-up panes of Antelio solar glass in different dimensions, with spidery mounts holding them away from the wall. Three have grey paint on the back of the glass.

This one, which Marian Goodman held onto for a while, is now for sale, which is not as important as the view we now get of the back of painting. Richter painted it in—and on—the frame.

17 May 2024, Lot 164, Gerhard Richter, Grau (hinter Glas), 2002, est. $400-600,000 [christies]
Grau (hinter Glas), Grey Painting Behind Glass, CR876-6, 2002 [gerhard-richter]
Previously, related: Pitochetto Painting On Glass
That weird little grey painting on panel from 1964