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Title

Magenta

1969


Artist

Gunter Christmann

Germany, Australia

23 Apr 1936 - 19 Nov 2013


About

Gunter Christmann was a German-born artist formerly associated with Central Street Gallery in Sydney. Central Street Gallery was among the first advocates of formalism in Australian art during the mid to late 1960s. Christmann's 'Magenta' was included in an exhibition of experimental works based on different colours of the spectrum. In this work, Christmann has allowed the watered-down medium to run and bleed into the canvas, resulting in chanceful, fluid forms and varying degrees of monochrome. The thin overlaid vertical strips see Christmann attempt to synthesise his former hard-edge style with action painting - a method he would resolve in his aerial 'sprankle' paintings from late 1969. Magenta once hung in the bedroom of Australian author Patrick White, who donated the work to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1979.


Details


Date

1969


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

167.6 x 167.6 x 5.5 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Signed and dated u.l. verso on canvas, black fibre-tipped pen "G.S. Christmann/ May '69/ ...".


Credit

Gift of Patrick White 1979


Location

Not on display


Accession number

3.1979


Artist information

Gunter Christmann

Works in the collection

15


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

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