Heinz Mack - Ohne Titel - Chromatische Konstellation (Ohne Titel - Chromatische Konstellation ( Untitled - chromatic constellation )), 2020

Acrylic on canvas

96 x 100 cm / framed 101 x 105 x 4 cm
37 x 39 inch / framed 39 x 41 x 1 inch

bottom centre signed, dated "Mack 20"
reverso on the canvas top left signed, dated "mack 20"

- artists frame -

N 9424

About the work

The consistent avoidance of classical composition with its hierarchically ordered structure of heterogeneous elements is one of the typical trademarks of Heinz Mack’s painting. Instead, like in this “Chromatische Konstellation” from 2020, the artist often trusts in the serial sequencing of uniformly arranged forms. Defining for the painting are twelve narrow stripes or zones arranged parallel, which meet the neighbouring colour on one side in a zigzag, on the other side in a straight line with the next colour. At the top and bottom edge of the painting, the stringently vertical sequencing is delimited and held in place by two narrow, horizontal widths in grey.What at the first, fleeting glance seems like an uncomplicated series of uniformly arranged, simple forms, proves to be an entire cosmos of colourful diversity and painterly liveliness when looked at more closely. It is the small variations, the gradual deviations from regularity, minimal differences in size of the individual prongs, a slightly shifted orientation of its points, which avoid stasis and uniformity.Also of central significance is the animated application of paint with its individual painterly style, the superimposition of the colours at the edges, as well as the flashing through of the white canvas. “Colour must be sensual”, according to the artist, “not a field painted to death.” The subtle gestural quality of Mack’s painting is demonstrated once again here. It lends the painting its aura.
(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 ), 2020, 96 x 100 cm / framed 101 x 105 x 4 cm, N 9424
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