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Title

Magenta

1969

Artist

Gunter Christmann

Germany, Australia

23 Apr 1936 - 19 Nov 2013

  • 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
    Copyright
    © Estate of Gunter Christmann

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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