Lichtschleier (Veil of light). 1964. Sculpture. Aluminum, plexigalss and mirror. Honisch 608. Unique piece. 173.5 x 128.5 x 60 cm (68.3 x 50.5 x 23.6 in).
One of the first around view "Lichtschleier", which premiered at the first "ZERO" exhibition in New York.
PROVENANCE: Collection Howard and Barbara Wise, New York (Howard Wise (1903-1989), acclaimed American gallery owner and art collector, had opened his first gallery for contemporary art in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957, before he moved his successful enterprise to number 50 West 57th Street near Central Park, New York. Over the following years he presented the latest tendencies in European and American art).
EXHIBITION: Group Zero: Macke, Piene, Uecker, The Howard Wise Gallery, New York 1964. Howard Wise Gallery: Exploring the New, 21st February - 26th April, 2013, with color illu. on pp. 43-44. ZERO in Vibration - Vibration in ZERO, Moeller Fine Art, New York, 12 October, 2014 - 8 January, 2015 (with illu. on www.moellerfineart.com).
Heinz Mack, founding member of the ZERO group and a master of formal reduction, has found his very own place in Post War Art with his works that are set in motion by light incidence. Through the artistic integration of light and shade Mack's creations are detached from their material basis and become objects characterized by ever changing ephemeral sensations. Mack's poetic creations do not only delude themselves from any form of concreteness in terms of the choice of pictorial object, they even allow the observer to participate in an almost metaphysical art experience. This early "Lichtschleier" (Veil of Light), shown at the first ZERO exhibition in New York in 1964 and part of the renowned collection of the American art lover and gallery owner Howard Wise (1903-1989), is particularly captivating for its round view and presence. With this subtle and airy work Mack realized a piece of art in the year of his Documenta participation that is characterized by a very special optical intensity and radiant energy.