Ongoing

Hans Hinterreiter: A Theory of Form and Color

When: July 9-Sept. 12 2013

The last solo exhibition of Swiss color theorist Hans Hinterreiter’s prints and paintings was shown at the Guggenheim in 1988. In the foreword of the catalog for that show, longtime Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation director Thomas M. Messer wrote that the “viewing of Hans Hinterreiter’s acrylic canvases, his temperas, drawings and prints leaves one with a sense of perfection, almost of invulnerability, as if each and every one of these works were in itself an accomplishment beyond fault and beyond possible improvement.” Messer speaks to the artist’s ability to combine colors and forms with mathematical precision, but Hinterreiter’s works aren’t strictly intellectual. His art is bold, dynamic and full of energy, and the mathematical precision here has more in common with the harmonic ratios of music than the cold equations of engineering. The majority of the works on display were created during the ’60s and ‘70s, but a number of the artist’s gouache studies from the ’30s and ’40s are also included.

Joe Nolan

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