Günther Förg

A Fragile Beauty

Dallas Museum of Art; With contributions by Kirsty Bell, Gavin Delahunty, Liam Gillick, Lisa Le Feuvre, Megan R. Luke, Lauren Richman, Beatrix Ruf, Jeffrey Saletnik, and Matthew S. Witkovsky, and editorial assistance from Michael Neff and Chelsea Pierce

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Günther Förg (1952–2013) was a German painter, sculptor, and photographer with an irreverent approach to abstraction. Förg’s project tackled the latent instability between image and reality. His painterly surfaces may appear exquisitely sensitive, his installations elegantly precise, but these are mastered and executed with a cold detachment. His deft manipulations of the languages of abstraction obscured a darker message. This publication, the most comprehensive to date, offers an important new understanding of this extraordinary and complex artist. Three years in the making, it reinterprets Förg’s oeuvre to reveal an artistic project that raises important questions about the traditional role of an object as a conveyor of fixed meaning. The book’s subtitle—“A Fragile Beauty”—is an indication of how Förg successfully manipulated what is behind and beyond an object’s appearance.

Gavin Delahunty is formerly Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Chelsea Pierce is the curatorial administrative assistant for contemporary art at the Dallas Museum of Art.  


Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Dallas Museum of Art

ISBN: 9780300229226
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Dallas Museum of Art
248 pages, 9 1/4 x 10 1/2
186 color + 10 b/w illus.
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