Tag: Günther Förg

Report from the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History Research Center

Günther Förg, Color Field, 1986, Acrylic on wood, 80 x 200 cm, 31 ½ x 78 ¾ in. Private collection.

We are excited to welcome everyone to join us this fall for our scholarly programs in the Research Center. Fall workshops by guest speakers include James Clifton, Director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Paintings at the MFAH; Dr. Elizabeth Molacek, Curatorial Fellow in the Division of Asian and Mediterranean of the Harvard Art Museums; and Catherine Craft, Curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center.  In October our own Dr. Paul Galvez, EODIAH Visiting Assistant Professor and MA Program Chair will give a Workshop Talk titled Violence and Impressionism: the case of early Cézanne, which is drawn from his current book project. On November 6, 7:00 p.m. Dr. Gregory H. Williams, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at Boston University, will give a public lecture on artist Günther Förg in conjunction with the DMA’s fall special exhibition Günther Förg: A Fragile Beauty. Förg was a prolific and provocative artist from the Cologne art scene of the 1980s, and his work reflects the cultural and political climate of postwar Germany. Dr. Williams will share highlights from the exhibition and consider the artist’s work within the context of world events and key issues in 20th-century art.

The Research Center will host a new exhibition this fall: The Art of Living in the Eighteenth Century. Our sixth vitrine installation, curated by EODIAH Visiting Assistant Professor and MA Program Chair Dr. Paul Galvez, and DMA Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Sarah Schleuning, highlights the depth and quality of the DMA’s decorative arts collection.

Finally, we’re thrilled to announce that the Research Center will host two graduate seminars for our first cohort of Art History MA students. Foundations II: History of Materials and Techniques explores the history of artistic materials and techniques, and asks how materials and the act of making create meaning. A cornerstone of the MA program, students will have the unique opportunity for close engagements with artworks in the DMA’s collection among others. Topics in the History of Collecting: Early Modern examines patronage and collecting at the early modern European court (c. 1400-1700), where often in the same space wonders of art were displayed alongside wonders of art and science.

The Research Center promises to be a lively center of scholarly activity this fall with a new group of fellows and graduate students. We look forward to the coming year and welcome you to our many Fall programs. Visit our website at https://utdallas.edu/arthistory/programs/and plan your calendar!


Lauren LaRocca

Coordinator of Special Programs

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History

Dallas Museum of Art Exhibitions

Günther Förg, Untitled, 2005, acrylic on canvas, Collection of Dr. Ramiro del Amo, © 2018 Estate Günther Förg, Suisse / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018; Günther Förg, Stairwell, Munich, 1984/1998, color photograph, Deutsche Bank Collection, © 2018 Estate Günther Förg, Suisse / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018; Günther Förg, Untitled, 2009, acrylic on canvas, private collection, courtesy of Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin | Paris, © 2018 Estate Günther Förg, Suisse / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

First U.S. Museum Exhibition of Work by Günther Förg in Nearly Three Decades Will Debut at the Dallas Museum of Art in October 2018

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) announced its presentation of the most comprehensive survey to date for renowned German artist Günther Förg (1952-2013), opening on October 21, 2018 and on view through January 27, 2019. The first American museum exhibition dedicated to the artist in nearly three decades, Günther Förg: A Fragile Beauty, brings together over 40 years of  the artist’s multimedia practice – including work on paper, photography, sculpture, and rarely-exhibited late-career paintings –  to provide new insight on the practice and enduring influence of this extraordinary and complex artist.

Organized in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and their curator of photography Hripsimé Visser, in close dialogue with the artist’s estate, Günther Förg: A Fragile Beauty builds on both institutions’ histories with the artist, with each having staged seminal exhibitions of his work in 1992 and 1995 respectively. The exhibition includes major loans from private collections and notable German institutions such as the Städel Museum, Frankfurt and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich.

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