New York

Günther Förg

Luhring Augustine & Hodes

Like many of his German contemporaries (Imi Knoebel, Gerhard Richter, the late Blinky Palermo), Günther Förg has been trying to salvage abstract painting from its decorative fate by exploring the material and architectural basis of an image rather than the veneer of its surface. In his first solo exhibition in New York, Förg presented eight paintings on copper and on lead-covered wood panels, and five unique reliefs cast in bronze. The bronze reliefs and the two largest lead paintings were shown in the main room, installed conventionally as individual works, whereas the works in the rear room were treated as an integrated installation. There, six painted panels—two copper paintings and a suite of four lead ones—were hung on four walls as a unified group. Each lead panel is divided in half horizontally and painted in two distinct colors. Although the tones vary from panel to panel, the top

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