Heinz Mack - Ohne Titel - Farbchromatik (Ohne Titel - Farbchromatik (Untitled - Colour Chromatic)), 2017

Pastel chalk on handmade paper

111 x 76 cm / framed 143 x 108 cm
43 x 29 inch / framed 56 x 42 inch

signed, dated centre "mack 17"
signed, dated center verso "mack 17"

- with handmade craftman's frame -

N 9408

About the work

The artist already has around 60 creative years behind him – however, one also notes no weariness whatsoever in more recent works. While criteria like rhythm and structure have accompanied and characterised the oeuvre from the start, colour has occupied a special position since his recommencement with painting. Under the impression of the radiant Mediterranean light of the island of Ibiza, where Mack has maintained a studio since 1989, the artist once again after many years returned to painting and now supplemented the early light reliefs and rotors, the black and white patterns and non-coloured sequences with intensely coloured, luminous variations in acrylic on canvas or pastel on paper. In sets and series, the painter systematically examines the virtually endless manifestations of light in colour. The light that previously already played a decisive role in the work is now dissected into its spectral colours and reveals itself in great richness.
This sheet, unlike many works in which colours of similar tone quality transition successively into one another, lives from the colour contrast of clearly defined, nearly monochrome forms. Loosely applied with gentle pastel chalk and separated from one another through the light, translucent white of the ground, four colour fields enter into a dialogue with one another: inside, two red rectangles, which combine to form a red-red square, surrounded by two as a result contrasting blue areas of varying intensity and colour depth.
Looking ahead, Heinz Mack already expressed this as follows in 1992: “Since 1991, after nearly 30 years, I am once again painting on canvas, whereby it is probable that I will continue to follow the principle of colour chromaticism for a long time but have at the same time begun to increasingly distance myself from the stringency of the principle. I see no contradiction in this.”
( 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 - Farbchromatik (Untitled - Colour Chromatic), 2017, 111 x 76 cm / framed 143 x 108 cm, N 9408
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