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
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The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am until 6pm.
Above: Heinz Mack, “Der Garten Eden(The Garden of Eden)”, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 143 x 236 in.
Above: Heinz Mack, both paintings are named “Ohne Titel (Untitled)”, 2015, ink on handmade paper, 44 X 30 in.
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