Günther Förg

Westfälischer Kunstverein

The installation design of this recent show shed light on the complexity of Günther Förg’s work, which continues to resist stylistic categorization. (One is reminded of the intermediary-form concepts of the early Constructivists.) The museum’s central gallery was both the site of the exhibition and a work of art in itself. The wall opposite the gallery entrance served as the ground for an untitled wall painting, a graduated arrangement of colored rectangles that resembled a steep stairway; above these, a dark green band ran the length of the wall. The remaining walls were hung with monumental photographs framed under glass; centrally placed among these was the image of a circular stairway, photographed at such an extreme angle, and with such cool drama, that it created the sensation of a whirlpool.

Corresponding to the stairway as a site of ascent and descent was a view along a ramp into

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