Günther Förg
Works from 1986 – 2007

January 24 - April 6, 2019

New York, 22nd Street

Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present ‘Günther Förg. Works from 1986 – 2007,’ the gallery’s first exhibition devoted to Förg since announcing representation of the artist’s estate in June 2018. Born in Füssen, Germany, Förg was a prolific painter, sculptor, graphic designer, and photographer whose daring conceptual works subsume and critique Modernist tropes. Throughout his life, Förg tirelessly engaged the intellectual context in which 20th century art evolved, creating deft and witty responses to the formal abstraction of Blinky Palermo, the figuration of Paul Klee, and the Expressionism of Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko, among others. In so doing, he left behind an oeuvre that defies easy categorization.

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Opening reception: ‘Günther Förg. Works from 1986 – 2007’

Join us for the opening reception of Hauser & Wirth’s first exhibition devoted to Günther Förg since announcing representation of the artist’s estate in June 2018. Born in Füssen, Germany, Förg was a prolific painter, sculptor, graphic designer, and photographer whose daring conceptual works incorporate and critique tropes of Modernism. Throughout his life, Förg tirelessly engaged the intellectual context in which 20th century evolved, creating deft and witty responses to the Minimalism of Kazimir Malevich, the figuration of Paul Klee, the formal abstraction of Blinky Palermo, and the Expressionism of Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko, among others. In so doing, he left behind an oeuvre that defies easy categorization. In this exhibition, featured works will range from Förg’s wall drawings to his conceptual photography, sculpture and paintings, spanning his multidisciplinary career, which unfolded as a series of ambitious, sustained investigations into new materials and philosophies.

‘Günther Förg. Works from 1986 – 2007’ Exhibition Walkthrough

Please join Michael Neff, head of the Estate of Günther Förg, for a walkthrough of the exhibition ‘Günther Förg. Works from 1986 – 2007.’ Born in Füssen, Germany, Förg was a prolific painter, sculptor, graphic designer, and photographer whose daring conceptual works incorporate and critique tropes of Modernism. Throughout his life, Förg tirelessly engaged the intellectual context in which 20th century evolved, creating deft and witty responses to the formal abstraction of Blinky Palermo, the figuration of Paul Klee, and the Expressionism of Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko, among others.

About the Artist

Günther Förg was born in 1952 in the region of Allgäu, Germany. His career began in the early 1970s as a student at The Academy of Fine Art Munich. During his studies, Förg developed a practice grounded almost exclusively in grey and black monochrome. These early investigations into gray—also called ‘Gitter’ paintings—demonstrate the beginning of a lifelong commitment to conceptualism. As he stated, ‘Grey is nothing: not white, not black. Something in between. Not concerned with the figure. Something free.’ While the artist later incorporated color into his monochrome series, his use of gray represents a neutral foundation from which he conceived his oeuvre.

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