The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, December 19, 2014


Galerie Max Hetzler presents an exhibition of works from 1987 to 2011 by Günther Förg
Günther Förg, Untitled, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 200 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin.
BERLIN.- Galerie Max Hetzler presents an exhibition of Günther Förg featuring works from 1987 to 2011. On this occasion the gallery is turned into a quite commanding immersive environment with the seminal black and white photograph “Ika” (1987) as an introduction to the exhibition. A specially commissioned wall painting is on view along with a mirror, photographs from the series of rationalist architecture „Città Universitaria“, paintings from the nineties and noughties, including very large formats and recent paintings from the series known as the grit or dot paintings. Thus underscoring Förg's interdisciplinary investigations and his use of the space conceived as one work.

Long before notions of installation and site specifity gained common currency, Förg developed a multidisciplinary practice in which different mediums are exhibited simultaneously.

Since the early 70's Günther Förg has been producing an extensive body of work including abstract and monochrome painting, against the general trend of figurative painting so predominant in the 80's. Wall paintings, bronze sculptures, large format photographs as well as drawings and graphics witness the diversity of his approach. Early series of grey paintings lead to the use of lead and aluminium as surfaces for painting. Pigment as material on a wall surface became the base of his installations. During the 70's Förg became equally interested in photography and very large formats. A medium that allowed him to document portraits and especially architecture, above all Italian rationalist and other iconic modernist buildings of the 20th century. For this purpose he travelled extensively to Spain, Israel, Austria, Russia, France, Turkey and Italy, not to mention Germany where he photographed Bauhaus buildings. The photographs are presented under thick protective glass reflecting the room and the viewer, absorbing them into the image. Their scale and format, reminiscing windows, echo his subject of predilection, architecture.

On his canvas the paint is usually thinly and rapidly applied, often covering a surface rather than creating a form. The imprecision of the boundaries between colours reinforces the impression that these are hastily executed works, produced in an almost mechanical manner, making it impossible to consider the pictorial trace as the result of an expressionist or stylistic intention. In recent years Günther Förg surprised with quite different paintings, this time brighter and more gestural. As a result of their intuitive approach to colour they appear as colourful constellations radiating from lush brush strokes.

Günther Förg was born in Füssen in 1952. He lives and work in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Since 1979 he has been exhibiting regularly at Galerie Max Hetzler. Förg participated in documenta IX (1992). In 1996 he was awarded the Wolfgang-Hahn-Prize by the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Since 1999 he has been professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.

Förg's work has been shown in important institutions such as the Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2009), Langen Foundation in Neuss (2007); Kunstmuseum Basel (2006); Gemeentemuseum The Hague (2006); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2002); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía / Palacio de Velazquez, Madrid (1998); Touko Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (1991); Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach (1989) and SFMoMA, San Francisco (1989).





Today's News

November 13, 2011

Diego Rivera murals reunited after 80 years at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute opens Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists

Artist Ted Harrison scatters 5,000 poppies under the dome of St Paul's Cathedral

Kunsthaus Zürich presents Encoding Reality: An exhibition featuring Weltbild by A.R. Penck

Galerie Max Hetzler presents an exhibition of works from 1987 to 2011 by Günther Förg

A selection of new Contemporary art acquisitions on view at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

Ancient Chinese bronzes exhibited at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens this Fall

New website for the Printed Picture, a Dynamic History of the Evolving Technology of Image-Making

Jeff Wall: The Crooked Path at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea

Group exhibition with sculptures beyond the conventional at Galerie Michael Janssen

Upcoming features of the American International Fine Art Fair 2012 announced

Channa Horwitz and Michael Müller at François Ghebaly Gallery in Los Angeles

New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates 100th anniversary with 110 new acquisitions

New exhibition of works by Gandalf Gavan at October Gallery

Candidates selected for TEFAF Showcase 2012

First solo show in Germany by Cluj based Romanian artist Simon Cantemir Hausi at Barbara Thumm Gallery

Delaware Art Museum celebrates 100th anniversary with Howard Pyle exhibition

Naftali steps down as director of Nixon library

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site