Artist Statement

Gregory Forstner's work holds an outstanding position in today’s wide field of contemporary art. With reference to German and Austrian Expressionism and his understanding of American Pop culture, he uses strong metaphors and allegories that have the power to polarize attention durably.

Four legs good, two legs better! is his most recent body of work. The quote comes directly from Animal Farm, the outstanding fairy tale by George Orwell first published in the summer of 1945, a satire of the Russian revolution and a critic of Stalinism. Using humor as a catalyser of role plays and targetting an ocean of ambivalent sensations, Gregory Forstner depicts the relentless pursuit of the human for domination over nature and other species.

In October 2014, invited to talk about his work at Collège de France with (among others) Jeff Koons, Glenn Brown and Hernan Bas, Gregory Forstner pointed out the importance of the responsability of the subject and of the image in today’s painting.

Gregory Forstner is followed by a number of institutions, foundations and private collectors in France and abroad, confirmed with his solo show in 2007 at Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (MAMAC) in Nice, and his solo show at Musée de Grenoble in 2009 (sharing the Museum space with artist Alex Katz), as well as his partcipation to De Leur Temps 2006 (Musée de Grenoble) and 2013 (Le hangar à Bananes), Génération 70 at Fondation Salomon, Alex (2007), E-Motion – Collection Bernard Massini, Fondation Maeght, Vence (2013), and more recently, this summer, at Musée de Grenoble in De Picasso à Warhol – Une décennie d’acquisitions (see article by Philippe Dagen, in le Monde, August 3rd).

Currently, his work is presented in Le Cambrioleur (with Adel Abdessemed, Valérie Favre, Bernard Frize, Cyprien Gaillard, Camille Henrot, Mathieu Mercier, Raphaël Zarka, etc) at Riga Art Space (with ADIAF), and at FRAC Basse-Normandie (with Philippe Mayaux, Noël Dolla, etc) in MORTEL suite et fin.

Gregory Forstner is represented by : Musée de la Ville de Paris (ARC), MAMAC in Nice, Musée de Grenoble, Fond National d'Art Contemporain, FRAC Alsace, FRAC Haute-Normandie, FRAC Basse-Normandie and owned by some of the most important and influential private collections and foundations in France, Germany and the US as Sammlung Goetz in Munich, Richard Massey Foundation in New York and Fondation pour l'art contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon in Annecy.

Three monographies have been published : Dit is de minj (Revolver Books, 2006), Easyover (MAMAC, Nice, 2007), The Ship of Fools (verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, 2009).