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German artist Gerhard Richter opens retrospective in Prague

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/25/2017
German painter Gerhard Richter stands in front of his work during a press preview for his exhibition downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The exhibition starts on April 26, 2017 and last until Sept. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © The Associated Press German painter Gerhard Richter stands in front of his work during a press preview for his exhibition downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The exhibition starts on April 26, 2017 and last until Sept. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

PRAGUE (AP) — German artist Gerhard Richter, whose paintings have sold at record prices, has opened his retrospective exhibition at Prague's National Gallery.

German painter Gerhard Richter stands in front of his work during a press preview for his exhibition downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The exhibition starts on April 26, 2017 and last until Sept. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © The Associated Press German painter Gerhard Richter stands in front of his work during a press preview for his exhibition downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The exhibition starts on April 26, 2017 and last until Sept. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The gallery has put on display some 80 works by Richter, one of the most influential contemporary artists, in what is the first such exhibition in Central and Eastern Europe.

German painter Gerhard Richter stands in front of his work during a press preview for his exhibition downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The exhibition starts on April 26, 2017 and last until Sept. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © The Associated Press German painter Gerhard Richter stands in front of his work during a press preview for his exhibition downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The exhibition starts on April 26, 2017 and last until Sept. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The works cover the entire career of the 85-year-old, including his first work of photographic realism — blurred paintings based on real photographs — of the 1960s and the later abstract paintings he is known for.

German painter Gerhard Richter, third from right, reflects in a mirror during a press preview for his exhibition downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The exhibition starts on April 26, 2017 and last until Sept. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © The Associated Press German painter Gerhard Richter, third from right, reflects in a mirror during a press preview for his exhibition downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The exhibition starts on April 26, 2017 and last until Sept. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

In 2015, a 1986 painting by Richter, "Abstract Painting," sold for $46.3 million. It is an auction record for a work by a living European artist.

German painter Gerhard Richter stands in front of his work 'Phantom Interceptors' during a press preview for his exhibition downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The exhibition starts on April 26, 2017 and last until Sept. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) © The Associated Press German painter Gerhard Richter stands in front of his work 'Phantom Interceptors' during a press preview for his exhibition downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The exhibition starts on April 26, 2017 and last until Sept. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Prague's exhibition runs from Wednesday until Sept 3.

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