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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Günther Förg

(1952 - 2013), Germany

German artist, Günther Förg was born in 1952, and studied from 1973 to 1979 at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. From 1992 until 1999, he taught at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruche. He died in 2013.

An extraordinarily versatile artist, Förg’s multidisciplinary practice spanned more than thirty years and included paintings, sculptures, installations, wall paintings, as well as a great body of architectural photographs. His work often reflects on modernity and its aesthetics, often paying homage to its masters—such as Mark Rothko, Brice Marden and Barnett Newman—, but equally undermining their authority, and extrapolating the failure of modernist ideals.  As Paul Schimmel observed, ‘Förg makes formal work which seems to eschew formalism and even undermine its purity’.

Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgUntitled, 2009 Acrylic and oil on canvas
110 x 100 x 2.7 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Untitled by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgUntitled, 2008 Acrylic on canvas
130 x 320 cm
Almine Rech
Untitled (Colorfield) by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgUntitled (Colorfield), 1986 Acrylic, plaster and gold leaf on burlap on wood
220.7 x 361.2 x 5 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Untitled (Faltenwurf) by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgUntitled (Faltenwurf), 1995 Bronze
34 x 48 x 19 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
Untitled by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgUntitled, 1993 Watercolour on paper
59.5 x 42 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris
Untitled by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgUntitled, 2007 Acrylic and oil on canvas
290 x 400 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Monte Verità by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgMonte Verità, 1990 C-print in artist frame
270 x 120 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Monte Verità by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgMonte Verità, 1990 C-print in artist frame
270 x 120 cm
Hauser & Wirth

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Lignes at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
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18 May–13 July 2019 Group Exhibition Lignes Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 38 Avenue Matignon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A line (a)round an idea Selected Works on Paper at Gagosian, Geneva
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2 May–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition A line (a)round an idea Selected Works on Paper Gagosian, Geneva
Contemporary art exhibition, Günther Förg, Works from 1986 – 2007 at Hauser & Wirth, New York
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24 January–6 April 2019 Günther Förg Works from 1986 – 2007 Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York

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Hauser & Wirth's exhibition Günther Förg: Works from 1986 – 2007 presents painting, sculpture, and photography by the German artist, whose estate is now represented by the gallery, in a new institutional setting. Förg, who died on his birthday in 2013 at the age of 61, experimented with mimicry in his exploration of mid-20th century painting,...

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From April 21 to 24, the 34th edition of Art Brussels will take place in a new location, Tour & Taxis, a spectacular example of industrial architecture built in 1904, formerly a customs house. This year, the fair has been reduced in size, bringing together 141 galleries from 28 countries, represented in three main sections: PRIME, DISCOVERY and...

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In Video & Audio

GÜNTHER FÖRG: A FRAGILE BEAUTY Related Video & Audio GÜNTHER FÖRG: A FRAGILE BEAUTY Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam : 25 June 2018

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents a major survey of the work of German artist Günther Förg (1952–2013). 'A Fragile Beauty' explores the work of a rebellious artist whose oeuvre embodies a critical, witty, yet rigorous and penetrating critique of the canon of modern art.

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