Günther Förg, To the Builders


Günther Förg (German, 1952-2013)

To the Builders, 2002

Medium: Screenprint in colors on wove paper

Dimensions: 65 x 91.5 cm

Edition of 40: Hand signed and dated lower right

Publisher: Har-El Printers & Publishers, Haifa

Condition: Very good (with middle fold, as issued)

In stock

“For me, abstract art today is what one sees, and nothing more” – Günther Förg

“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 RationalismAbstract 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, Fuessen, Germany, based in Colombier, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Günther Förg, To the Builders

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