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Sale: 401 / Post War/Contemporary Art, Dec. 08. 2012 in Munich Lot 261

Lot description
Ohne Titel. 1961.
Acrylic on canvas.
Signed and dated on verso. Once more signed on stretcher and dated as well as with arrow indicating the direction. 88 x 110 cm (34,6 x 43,3 in).
With original studio bar.

PROVENANCE: Private collection Frankfurt am Main.
Private colelction Königstein im Taunus.

EXHIBITION: Galerie ad Libitum, Antwerp (with label on stretcher).
Goepfert und Zero / Zero und Goepfert, Frankfurter Kunstverein, 29 April - 31 May, 1987, cat. no. 80 (with illu. p. 43).

Heinz Mack, born in Lollar in Hesse on 8 March 1931, studied painting at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf from 1950 to 1953 and graduated with a state examination for teachers. At the same time he studied philosophy in Cologne. Together with Otto Piene Heinz Mack founded the avant-garde artist group ZERO, to which his name was intrinsically tied ever since. Instead of 'Classical Compositions' presented the viewer with totally new and provocating aspects: Light, movement, space, time, dynamics, vibration and serial structures come to the fore. Light and movement were also in the focus of the new pieces of art like the 'Sahara-Project, which Mack designed in 1958 and partly realised in 1968/69.

This work, in terms of style, is close to the series of works called "Dynamic Structures", which marks an interstage to Kinetic Painting. The broad horizontal zones are broken by a number of small vertical structure elements and create image-immanent motion. In order to stress the structural dominance even more, the spectrum is limited to gray and white. Heinz Mack said about this principle: "The line’s unrest: it wants to be surface; the surface’s unrest: it wants to be space. Our artistic sensitivity follows this unrest. Lines, surface and space have to merge continuously, ‘neutralize‘ one another, in the dialectic sense that our language allows. If this integration remains visible, the image will vibrate, and our eye will find the calmness of unrest." (Transl. of quote after ex. cat. Goepfert und Zero / Zero und Goepfert, p. 42).

In 1964 he designed the 'Licht-Raum' together with Piene and Uecker for the documenta 3, which can today be seen at the Kunstmuseum in Düsseldorf. In 1966 the first one-man show of his works took place at the Howard Wise Gallery in New York. The same year ZERO's last exhibition took place in Bonn. Apart from the 'Rotoren', the 'Lichtreliefs' were a second independent work group, which came to the fore mainly during the 1970s - after the dissolving of the ZERO-movement. During the 1980s Mack received numerous orders for the design of public spaces. He finished the Jürgen-Ponto-Platz in Frankfurt in 1981, erected the ‚Columne pro caelo' in front of the cathedral in Cologne in 1984 and Mack also planned the design of the Platz der Deutschen Einheit in Düsseldorf in 1989. Inspired by the colors of the sun in his studio on Ibiza, Mack resumed painting in 1991 and called his works 'Chromatic Constellations'. Heinz Mack is regarded a sedulous experimenter in the field of colored light. As a painter, drawer, sculptor, ceramic artist, but also as a designer of places and interiors, he always puts the aesthetic laws of light and color, structure and form in new questions. [KP].

Heinz Mack
Ohne Titel, 1961.
Acrylic on canvas
€ 70,000 / $ 79,100
€ 231,800 / $ 261.933

(incl. 22% surcharge)

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