Heinz Mack - Patchwork - Chromatische Konstellation, 2004

Acrylic on canvas

102 x 68 cm / framed 104 x 70 cm
40 x 26 inch / framed 40 x 27 inch

bottom right signed, dated "mack 4"
reverso centre top signed, titelt "patchwork" mack

- in craftman's frame -

N 9421   Reserved 

About the work

“Patchwork” – the title of this painting stakes out the framework of reception and creates a space of association in which the viewer can move. The title of the work refers to the traditional textile technique with which smaller scraps of fabric of various colours and patterns are sewn into larger areas, often blankets or wall hangings. While most square pieces are often joined to form regular mosaics or ornaments, the “patches” on Heinz Mack’s canvas seem to be distributed randomly on the surface, without a regular order and are rather atypical of the pictorial strategies of the artist, who often works with regular structures or patterns.
Also rare in Mack’s painting of past decades is the atmosphere of the painting. It marks a counterpoint to the highly colourful, luminous paintings that have become a trademark of the artist. Defining for the painting is a carefully balanced, clayey scale of grey mixed tones of the two non-colours, black and white, interspersed with delicate pastel shades in a scale ranging from turquoise to bold, bright rose.Mack himself cites predecessors when he reflects on the colour rose. He is in the best company with this choice of hue and is in no way inferior to his famous predecessors with his infallible instinct for colour. He writes, it was “always Picasso that could prove to himself and the world that one could dare and master entire periods of painting adventure with one colour. As we know, the Blue Period was followed by a Rose Period, in which all nuances, facets, temperatures, energies and vibrations of sensuality, even tenderness become visible, and which leaves all prejudices we owe to the cult of cosmetics forgotten. Or let us think of Matisse: what boldness of painterly proximities; how he celebrates ‘his’ rose!”
( 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, Patchwork - Chromatische Konstellation, 2004, 102 x 68 cm / framed 104 x 70 cm, N 9421
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