Acrylic on canvas
150 x 140 cm / 59 x 55 1/8 in
Recto, signed and dated, upper right: ‘Förg 07

EUR 550,000

Günther Förg

Günther Förg was born in 1952 in the region of Allgäu, Germany. His career began in the early 1970s as student at The Academy of Fine Art Munich. During his studies, Förg developed a practice grounded almost exclusively in grey and black monochrome. These early investigations into gray—also called ‘Gitter’ paintings—demonstrate the beginning of a lifelong commitment to conceptualism. While the artist later incorporated color into his monochrome series, his use of gray represents a neutral foundation from which he conceived his oeuvre.

‘The paintings are like poems instead of constructions; the colours unfold and expose each other, like a line of verse pushes the next line into profile. Sometimes they even rhyme.’
—Rudi Fuchs

Celebrating Basel Basel

Günther Förg’s inquiry into architectural interiors is visible in the exhibition ‘Focus: Günther Förg / Bernard Frize’ at Kunstmuseum Basel in 2006. Frize’s endless meanders with fading color were a direct contrast to Förg’s monochromatic abstraction. It is Förg’s later works on canvas, such as ‘Untitled’ (2007) that draw comparisons with Frize’s work.