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Details & Cataloguing

20th Century Art – A Different Perspective

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Heinz Mack
B.1931
GERMAN
CROWN OF LIGHT
signed and dated Mack 67 twice on the base
aluminium
height: 94cm., 37in.; diameter: 33cm., 13in.
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To be sold with a certificate of authenticity from the Atelier Mack.

Provenance

Acquired from the artist by the present owner in 1967

Literature

Dieter Honisch, Mack Skuplturen 1953-1986, Düsseldorf, 1986, no. 147, pl. 130 as Lichtkrone, 1967, illustrated (with incorrect measurements)

Catalogue Note

Heinz Mack sought to express and convey in his works the principles of clarity, energy, movement and light. As this work demonstrates, he was particularly interested in light and the interrelation of sculpture with space. Even though the structure appears stable and strong, the reflections of light make it seem delicate. 

Mack thus experimented with the effects  of the appearance of his sculptures in space and their perception by the viewer. The light reflections in Crown of Light confer a sense of perpetual movement whose intensity changes according to the position of the light source and the viewers position. The reflections of this constant movement of light and shade create ephemeral 'drawings' onto nearby walls and surfaces.

Mack's works have the power to change the physical perception of the viewer and his or her interaction with the surrounding space. In this sense, rather than creating a mere optical illusion, Mack set out to create a work of art that inhabits and creates its own reality. 'There is a certain similarity to what happens in nature in the work, but it’s not comparable with nature: It’s not an illusion of nature: it has its own reality'. (Quoted in Heinz Mack: Zero and more, Ben Brown Fine Arts exhibition catalogue, 2015, p. 15).

20th Century Art – A Different Perspective

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London