Heinz Mack - Ohne Titel - Chromatische Konstellation (Ohne Titel - Chromatische Konstellation ( Untitled - chromatic constellation )), 2016

Acrylic on canvas

28 x 33 cm / framed 29 x 34 x 3 cm
11 x 12 inch / framed 11 x 13 x 1 inch

N 9422

About the work

The individual pictorial elements of this “Chromatische Konstellation” are rhythmic and evenly distributed over the area and appear to expand even beyond the edge of the painting in the sense of an open all-over. Arranged in a vertical-horizontal pattern, the small, rectangular colour areas join to form colourful bands, which in turn appear to interweave to form a mesh structure, or something more like a material membrane.The painting is part of a series of paintings with a pictorial grammar that seems to flirt with Hard Edge painting, without, however, striving to achieve its consistency and absence of emotion. Rigid geometry and soulless stasis are of no interest to the painter. Mack always gives preference to the animated, the lively and the painterly. And while the rows of densely pigmented, dark blue and violet fields seem to optically push themselves into the foreground, the more gently and lightly applied, bright hues in the background appear like looks through to a secret behind. Applied more thinly and lucidly to the canvas and with painterly animation, they subvert the formal approach and the more stringent delimitations of the mesh above with their open style.
( 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 - Chromatische Konstellation ( Untitled - chromatic constellation ), 2016, 28 x 33 cm / framed 29 x 34 x 3 cm, N 9422
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