Heinz Mack - Ohne Titel - Chromatische Konstellation (Ohne Titel - Chromatische Konstellation ( Untitled - chromatic constellation )), 2016

Acrylic on canvas

78 x 100 cm / framed 83 x 104 cm
30 x 39 inch / framed 32 x 40 inch

Signed, dated bottom centre "mack 16"
reverso on the canvas left signed, dated "mack 16"
reverso on the canvas right signed, dated, "mack 16" 79 x 100 cm

- studio frame-

N 9295

About the work

For decades, Heinz Mack has stood for non-representational painting of simple, elementary geometric forms, for painting in which, according to the artist, “constructive elements dominate over organic forms”. While an interplay of squares, rectangles, lozenges or triangles form the basis of the composition in many of his works, other works are characterised by an abstract pattern distributed equally over the entire image. In the process, the painter and sculptor likes to work with the “parallelism of a large number of straight lines in vertical and horizontal arrangements” and emphasises: “The texture of such straight lines is endlessly variable; its principle is the simultaneous or periodic sequence.”
In this context, the “Chromatische Konstellation” of 2016 appears like a return to the often-tried structural elements and compositional principles that had already defined works of the 1950s. More clearly than in most other works of the artist, however, the viewer here encounters an in front of and a behind, at two overlapping pictorial levels that pursue different pictorial postures. Vibrantly dancing snatches of colour with an open brush application in the colours of the rainbow, interspersed with the bright white of the canvas shimmering through, are distributed across the image area, filling the format. Only rarely does Mack’s painting show itself with such a gestural nature as here – merriment and dancing movement, vitality, formal openness and an individual characteristic style are its emotional and artistic properties. However, this buoyant roundel of cheery colours is both captured and tamed by horizontal blue stripes that cover the painting at regular intervals – austere and formally structured, like an optical mesh, a higher-level pattern that allows a look through to the picture plane behind it. The imaginary expanse of impetuous colourfulness extending beyond the edge of the painting arrests the frame within the image and thus creates a sense of order and discipline, where dynamic expansion and lively expressiveness are inherent. An unusual painting that follows the two fundamental principles of the creative oeuvre in its very own way.
( Doris Hansmann )

Text authored and provided by Dr. Doris Hansmann, Art historian

Studies of art history, theater, film and television, English and Romance Languages at the University of Cologne, doctorated in 1994. Research assistant at the Art Museum Düsseldorf. Lecturer and project manager at Wienand Verlag, Cologne. Freelance work as an author, editor and book producer for publishers and museums in Germany and abroad. From 2011 chief editor at Wienand Verlag, since 2018 senior editor at DCV, Dr. Cantz’sche Verlagsgesellschaft, Berlin. Numerous publications on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Heinz Mack, Ohne Titel - Chromatische Konstellation ( Untitled - chromatic constellation ), 2016, 78 x 100 cm / framed 83 x 104 cm, N 9295
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