“Retrospectively, the reason for the continued importance of Förg’s oeuvre becomes clear. The evolution of his direct, subjective engagement with the aesthetic of the sublime — conducted without fear of stereotypical taboos — oscillates between appropriation and homage, yet Förg does so without any ironic quotations or other such cheap distancing techniques. Instead, he throws mythical ballast overboard and appropriates picture-making strategies in a way that makes them look new.” – Andreas Schlegel on Günther Förg in “Günther Förg”, Frieze Magazine, Spring 2012, pp. 134-135.
Günther Förg was a German abstract artist who produced an extensive oeuvre, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture. In the postwar era, he explored the legacy of Modernism by attempting to create a new iconography for the contemporary era. Consequently, Förg’s oeuvre often alludes to Russian Constructivism, Italian Rationalism, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. Against the general trend of figurative painting predominant in Germany, he experimented on abstraction and monochrome painting in the 1980s. Günther Förg is known for the use of bright use of saturated colors, although one of his most prominent work is a series of black-and-white photographs of Bauhaus architecture.
German, 1952–2013. Günther Förg, Black Woodcut