Heinz Mack, co-founder of ZERO, participant of documenta and numerous biennials and master of geometric abstraction, ranks as the eminence grise of post-war German art, having rendered an enduring contribution to its new beginning and subsequent development. Even today, after more than 60 years of creativity activity, the work of the over 85-year-old betrays no sign of fatigue or indications that he is approaching his final phase. Freshness and vitality, variety and innovation still characterise his oeuvre, which is dedicated to just one theme: light.
Since the early 1990s, Mack has been exploring the interplay of light, colour and form in his series Chromatic Constellations. As is the case in this present work too, where a flowing painterly style forms a stark counterpoint to the limpid horizontal-vertical alignment of the pictorial structure, thus undermining the rigidity of the geometric composition. Coloured bands are loosely intertwined at their edges and seem to dissipate in a shimmering flurry. Discipline and order meet painterly dynamism and vibration - a founding principle of Mack's paintings.
The colour temperatures range from the cool-blue spectrum dominating the centre of the painting to the warmer red and orange scale framing it.
"Our head: to the north", wrote the artist in a poem, "- Cool colours / -?- Clear sight / Our sex: to the south! / Warm colours - / Sensuality / Our heart in-between: / Rhythm and the / tranquillity of restlessness! / Ideally everything is / in harmony".
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