Newport Beach

Günther Förg

Newport Harbor Art Museum

“The successful work . . . ,” wrote Theodor Adorno, “is not one which resolves objective contradiction in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure.” This concept of a dialectical totality whose constituent parts are perpetually autonomous is an apt theoretical model for Günther Förg’s project. Using interdependent series of paintings, sculptures, and photographs, Förg creates large-scale environments in which conventional hierarchies of object and space, support and surface, representation and non-representation, original and copy are dismantled in favor of a free interplay of contingent signs.

In a recent installation, Förg reiterated this notion of spacial and semantic intervention through his usual Derridean strategy of deference/difference. The museum’s main room was

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