In 1957, Heinz Mack, together with Otto Piene, with whom he had studied philosophy in Cologne, founded the ZERO artist group and in doing so declared the “Stunde Null” (Zero Hour) in art. There were no longer any role models following the devastating war in Europe; a completely new start had to be made in art.
Heinz Mack is a world-famous artist. The themes of his art, both his sculptural and painting works, are light and its colours. The interplay of the various colours, rhythm and characteristic style of their application, as well as the respective structure in which the various colour fields are composed lend Mack’s work a meditative, transcendental and magical expression, as it were. The charisma and brilliance of the colours is inimitable. Heinz Mack creates visual events in his art. In this work, the various colour fields interact on the canvas; an animated conversation is taking place here. Heinz Mack himself characterised his works as reflections of his inner perceptions. Each colour event corresponds with another, whereby especially the colour transitions deserve special attention. Gentle overlaps alternate with gestural hatching. The colour fields are sometimes gently separated from one another, while they sometimes interact dynamically with one another. Mack achieves both a lyrical tone and a tense dynamic in his composition here.
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