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Can You Really Buy a Gerhard Richter Painting for $5,000?

Can You Really Buy a Gerhard Richter Painting for $5,000?
Stanley Casselman's LM-24 (2015)

Here’s why you should snap up an artwork that will really, really, really impress your friends: Stanley Casselman'sLM-24 (2015).

1. An economics major in college whose natural talent was sussed out by an art professor, Stanley Casselman started as a sculptor but then transferred his textural abilities to the canvas, using a squeegee to pull paint across the surface in gorgeous abstract patterns.

2. Does that sound a lot like Gerhard Richter? You bet it sounds like Gerhard Richter! In fact, so closely do Casselman’s paintings echo those of the German master—routinely called the greatest painter alive—that New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz once had Casselman make him a fake Richter, chronicled the process, and bought the piece.

3. This 2015 Casselman painting is a charmer, with unmistakably Richterian elements along with some unique touches of the artist’s own, such as the little floating blobs that look like rain streaking across a windshield. The best part? While Richter paintings sell for tens of millions of dollars, and Casselman’s own canvases routinely fetch upwards of $100,000 at auction, this little beauty can be yours for a measly $4,250.



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