Günther Förg

Galleria Christian Stein | Milan

With these exhibitions, Günther Förg showed a transformation in the working of his painted surfaces, which have often allowed the viewer to glimpse the contradiction between the transparency and the opacity of matter. This relationship is what makes his architectural subjects so fascinating. Both the large-format photographs of façades and the vertiginous interiors of stairways and environments exhibit this same link between transparent and opaque structures. It is as if the exterior of the façades kept a magmatic interior at bay, and as though the support or skeleton of the image were presenting an inner light. In these new paintings, the tones of the colors refer to an intensity that is traditionally associated with Mediterranean light. On closer examination, these bright colors don’t refer to a Mediterranean sun, but to a purity of light that, even in the north, can evoke the radiance

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