Exhibition: Heinz Mack at Sperone Westwater NYC

by Eva Zanardi


When I met one of my idols, German artist Heinz Mack, I was admittedly giddy. I have been a passionate admirer of Heinz Mack and Otto Piene’s Group Zero for many years now. Group Zero was particularly active between 1957 and ’67, and I’ve avidly studied anything I could get my hands on about their work as a seminal international collective . On the opening night of his latest exhibition at Sperone Westwater (his 4th at this particular gallery) I was lucky enough to talk to the maestro  about how he continually draws inspiration from patterns in nature and why he prefers his art to be an integral part of a landscape, free from the constraining walls of museums and galleries. In his words, “Light and shadows are everything [in his art]. They need to be free to roam in space”. When I asked Mack about the importance of the dialogue between nature and art, he initially replied by quoting the 14th- century architect Jean Mignot, saying “ars sine scientia nihil est” (“art  without knowledge is  nothing”) only before adding : “scientia sine ars nihil est” which means (“science without art is nothing“).


17 February – 25 March 2017


Sperone Westwater, 257 Bowery New York, NY 10002

T +1 212 999 7337   F +1 212 999 7338   info@speronewestwater.com

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am until 6pm.

Heinz Mack, “Das Spectrum des Malers (Chromatische Konstellation)” (The Spectrum of the Painter) , 2015, 46 1/2 x 77 1/8 in.
Heinz Mack, “Radiales Doppel Relief (Radial Double Relief)”, 1958, synthetic resin and wood mounted on board,44 X 30 X 4 1/4 in.
View of Heinz Mack “Ohne Titel” (Untitled) sculptures

Above: Heinz Mack, “Der Garten Eden(The Garden of Eden)”, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 143 x 236 in.

Heinz Mack “Ohne Titel (Untitled) (Chromatische Konstellation) ” , 2016, 81 1/2 x 41 1/2 in.
Heinz Mack “Ohne Titel (Untitled)(Chromatische Konstellation)”, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 63 x 82 in.
Heinz Mack “White Victory (Chromatische Konstellation)”, 2008, 63 x 51 1/4 in.
Heinz Mack “Weisse Vibration (White Vibration)”, 1958, synthetic resin on cardboard on wood 55 1/2 X 39 3/4 in.



Heinz Mack “Fächer- Flügel (Fan-Wing)”, 1964/1976, aluminum, acrylic glass, stainless and Plexiglass, 54 x 40 x 2 3/4 in.
Heinz Mack “Ohne Titel (Untitled)”,1959, synthetic resin on burlap on wood, 13 x17 x 3/4 in.

Above: Heinz Mack, both paintings are named “Ohne Titel (Untitled)”, 2015, ink on handmade paper, 44 X 30 in.

Heinz Mack and Eva Zanardi


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