1952 - 2013 · Germany
German artist Günther Förg carried the language of abstraction to new heights during his multi-decade career. Embracing opportunities to extend practice into varied fields – from painting to photography to sculpture and architecture - Förg was driven by a modernist artistic language that he set out to master.
Seeking a unique level of visual weight, or gravitas, in his paintings, Förg explored modernist sensibilities throughout his body of work. Experimenting with tonal values and color pairings, Förg entered into a conversation with earlier abstract masters. He made his style his own, however, in his desire for depth: while many modernists paid most attention to the surface, Förg instead sought profundity.
Born in Füssen, Germany, in 1952, Förg garnered his formative artistic training under the tutelage of Karl Fred Dahmen at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich between 1973–1979. His work was included in Documenta 9 (1992), and several years later he was lauded with the acclaimed Wolfgang Hahn Prize from the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Though he died in 2013, his spirit lives on in his works housed in some of the world’s finest museums, including the Kunstmuseum Bonn and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.