Günther Förg

Galerie Vera Munro

Fascination can result from an attraction to what is really only a mirage: what fascinates cannot be grasped, and the closer one gets to it the more elusive it becomes. Many critics report a similar experience in dealing with the work of Günther Förg: if they follow their attraction to the work, the pictures they are confronted with are incomprehensible. An essay from the catalogue for a Förg retrospective three years ago is entitled, “You might think there was nothing to see.”

Through its supposed emptiness, however, Förg’s work demands a search for content and the concrete. The critic cited above, for example, uses his confrontation with the material emptiness of the paintings as a way to find meaning. Thus Förg’s work engenders a broad range of reactions. It is not astonishing that critics advise viewers not to resist its magic, for those who do can expect to encounter only its seemingly

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