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Günther Förg, Untitled, 2008, acrylic and oil on canvas, 9' 6 1/8“ x 13' 1 1/2”.

Günther Förg

Greene Naftali Gallery

Günther Förg, Untitled, 2008, acrylic and oil on canvas, 9' 6 1/8“ x 13' 1 1/2”.

A fixture of the storied Cologne scene of the 1980s, Günther Förg is still recognized in this country for what he produced during that formative decade: Blinky Palermo–inspired paintings on lead, whose puckered surfaces register raw materiality, even as the monochrome bands applied to the supports provide a sensuousness that all but negates the lead’s astringent qualities. Given the rough-hewn sophistication of these works, it is perhaps unsurprising that they are the output for which Förg is chiefly known. Yet they may also loom so large because Förg has not had a solo show in New York in over a decade, which has had the infelicitous effect of reifying his prior engagements. This recent exhibition at Greene Naftali, his first at the gallery, should therefore go some way toward bringing Förg into the present for American audiences on other, less decisively historical (that is to

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