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IMRE BAK | Sun – Bird – Face (Mirroring)

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Description

  • Imre Bak
  • Sun – Bird – Face (Mirroring)
  • signed and dated Bak / 76 lower right; titled in Hungarian and numbered 1/6 lower left
  • screenprint on paper
  • 62.5 by 49.5cm., 24½ by 19½in.

Exhibited

New York, Elizabeth Dee, With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies, 2017

Catalogue Note

Bak’s interest in conceptualism and semiotics led him to explore Hungarian folklore and ancient culture in his work during the 1970s. Sun-Bird-Face employs a motif that recurs in Bak’s work; here, Bak brings together different objects into one, singular motif, reflecting his view of the world as a single system comprised of many individual yet analogous phenomena. 
Following a trip to Moscow and St Petersburg in 1962, during which the artist was exposed to the works of Matisse, Kandinski and Léger, Imre Bak steered away from Hungarian Realism towards geometric, non-figurative painting. Bak’s works make use of strong colour, rigid structure and sharp, defined forms to investigate the relations of colour fields and shapes and the potential of creating space.
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