Heinz Mack - Ohne Titel - Chromatische Konstellation (Untitled - Chromatic Constellation), 2018

Acrylic on canvas

92 x 121 cm / framed 96 x 125 cm
36 x 47 inch / framed 37 x 49 inch

Signed, dated bottom left "mack 18"
Signed reverso on the canvas at the top left "mack 18"

- with studio frame -

N 9400

About the work

Following a break from painting between 1963 and 1991, in which Heinz Mack dedicated himself exclusively to sculpture, he once again began to work with brushes and pastel chalk in the early 1990s. To the present day, his works are characterised by immense power of colour and expression. Heinz Mack possesses an unstoppable urge to create. The tone of his colours is bright and friendly, fresh and lively. He has concentrated entirely on non-figurative representations. In order to show the power of expression of the colour itself and to appreciate it, he works with a geometric vocabulary of form.
The Chromatic Constellation from 2018 is characterised by the bars of 16 pastel-coloured squares positioned centrally, which lie next to one another in two rows of eight forms each. The grey ground guides the entire composition to a quiet mood despite the varied and colourfully designed centre. This multi-faceted composition is accentuated by the two small squares at the bottom and top edges of the painting. Interestingly, these two squares are not placed directly opposite one another, but are instead positioned slightly offset. This results in slight irritation to the eye of the beholder. The artist consciously recaptures the attention of the viewer again and again with this special compositional feature. The work thus fascinates equally due to this unique tension and thanks to the centre, which has been calmed in its colour and composition.
(Andrea Fink)

Text authored and provided by Dr Andrea Fink, art historian

The art historian, curator and freelance publicist Andrea Fink studied art history, cultural studies and humanities, modern history and philosophy in Bochum and Vienna. Doctorate in 2007 on the work of the Scottish artist Ian Hamilton Finlay. As a freelance curator and art consultant, her clients include, among others, the Kunstverein (art association) Ahlen, Kunstverein Soest, Wella Museum, Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, ThyssenKrupp AG, Kulturstiftung Ruhr, Osthaus Museum Hagen, Franz Haniel GmbH, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria.

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Heinz Mack, Untitled - Chromatic Constellation, 2018, 92 x 121 cm / framed 96 x 125 cm, N 9400
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