Heinz Mack - Ohne Titel - Chromatische Konstellation (Untitled - Chromatic Constellation), 1999

Acrylic on canvas

99 x 85 cm / framed 101 x 86 cm
38 x 33 inch / framed 39 x 33 inch

Signed and dated bottom right "mack 99"
Signed reverso on the canvas at the top left "mack"

- with studio frame -

N 9398   Reserved 

About the work

From ZERO to the Chromatic Constellations, from 1957 to the present: Heinz Mack has covered a lot of ground in the course of his artistic career of more than 60 years. In the process he abandoned painting entirely after 1963, until 1991, when he turned once again to the canvas after years of “abstinence”: with a verve that is unabated to the present day.
“For my painting I now only need canvas, paint, brushes – otherwise nothing”, the artist explains. “I have given up the painting technique I developed during the ZERO period. I no longer need a special technique. My painting technique is now quite simple, my colour forms are quite simple; in fact, I try to keep everything as simple as possible, so that I can direct all my attention to painting.”
Also simple are the forms of the Chromatic Constellation of 1999. A painting, constructed of neighbouring red colour fields based on the triangle, placed as monochrome colour values next to one another in subtle gradations and flanked by contrasting, narrow stripes in yellow and turquoise. They lend the painting both its tension and its formal footing. A work that satisfies the credo of formal simplicity as much as the ambition of an orchestration of the colour values to form a symphony of colour.
(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, Untitled - Chromatic Constellation, 1999, 99 x 85 cm / framed 101 x 86 cm, N 9398
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