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Lot 25: Günther Förg, “Untitled I,” Woodblock on Paper, 1990
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Woodblock on Somerset Satinée paper
Günther Förg (1952-2013) – German abstract artist
Signed and dated in pencil on lower right.
Inscribed “PP” in pencil on lower left, recto
Printer’s Proof outside main edition of 20.
Image dimensions: 96 x 48 in (243.84 x 121.92 cm)
Sheet dimensions: 100 x 52 in (254 x 132.08 cm)
Very good condition.
Günther Förg’s abstract works elicit an architectural language deriving from his photography, through primary color and simple geometry. Here, the blockish red lattice, printed from a single woodblock, could represent a series of windows or perhaps a grate. Förg’s style overlaps with that of Abstract Expressionism, while in this instance also sharing the purist tendencies of Matisse’s cut outs.
Günther Förg (German, b.1952 - d.2013)
Gunther Forg (German, 1952-2013) was a German painter praised for his take on the modernist style of painting. As a prolific multi-disciplinarian, he was particularly influential in his commentary, opinion, and diversity of the modernist scale. His works often allude to Russian Constructivism, Italian rationalism, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. As such, Förg adopted the perspective of a postmodern retrospection, which had lost the sense of societal utopia found in the avant-garde movements. And yet, Förg took their aesthetic conceptions and refreshingly updated them. In an extremely concentrated form, he united oppositional aspects of modern art: geometric severity meets expressive spontaneity, and the wealth and weight of a memory about the carefree lightness of the here and now. He received his degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.
In very good condition.
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