New York

Günther Förg

Luhring Augustine | Chelsea

Günther Förg’s photos of Moscow are very, very beautiful. This comes as no surprise vis-à-vis Förg, but is really quite astonishing vis-à-vis Moscow. In a sort of frieze comprising 31 large black and white prints, Förg represents some of the great buildings constructed in that city during the idealist ’20s and ’30s. We’ve seen many tributes to the great utopia since the decay of the Soviet state liberated us to speak of this work with admiration, and without anxiety about its political implications, but fortunately this show moves beyond that paradigm.

The rather illiterate press release states that “Förg’s Moscow pictures serve as a narrative in the history of the Soviet Union from a time when the state was supportive of artistic endeavors until the current time of apathy toward culture and the state in Moscow.” But Förg’s photos have a radicalism far more profound than that, one that lies

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