Günther Förg A Fragile Beauty Dallas Museum of Art, Michael Neff, Chelsea Pierce, Kristy Bell, Gavin Delahunty, Lisa Le Feuvre, Liam Gillick, Megan R. Luke, Lauren Richman, Jeffrey Saletnik, Matthew S. Witkovsky

Publication date:
12 Jun 2018
Dallas Museum of Art
256 pages: 267 x 235mm
200 color + b-w illus.

Günther Förg (1952–2013) was a German painter, sculptor, and photographer with an irreverent approach to abstraction. Förg’s project tackled the latent instability between image and reality. His painterly surfaces may appear exquisitely sensitive, his installations elegantly precise, but these are mastered and executed with a cold detachment. His deft manipulations of the languages of abstraction obscured a darker message. This publication, the most comprehensive to date, offers an important new understanding of this extraordinary and complex artist. Three years in the making, it reinterprets Förg’s oeuvre to reveal an artistic project that raises important questions about the traditional role of an object as a conveyor of fixed meaning. The book’s subtitle—“A Fragile Beauty”—is an indication of how Förg successfully manipulated what is behind and beyond an object’s appearance.

Gavin Delahunty is formerly Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Chelsea Pierce is the curatorial administrative assistant for contemporary art at the Dallas Museum of Art.