Imre Bak

acb, Budapest (SP26)

acb Gallery presents the work of Imre Bak (Budapest, Hungary, 1938) in the Spotlight section. It is driven by the consequences of the international abstract tendencies developing in the 60s – mainly hard edge and minimalism –, that Bak built up his consistent artistic program. Keeping an eye on and integrating contemporary western influences, he based both his practice and theoretical approach on a broad interdisciplinary research. Although the different periods of his artistic activity generated international attention from time to time, Bak never received an appropriate international recognition, primarily as a consequence of his geopolitical situation.

The presentation focuses on the period spanning 1967 to 1972, six years during which two groups of works determining the artist’s subsequent career unfolded. In the footsteps of American minimalist and hard edge painting, these image-objects composed of stripes and fields of intense colors allowed Bak to examine visual representation as a construction. By studying the semiotics of shapes and colors and their representational potential, he arrived to conceptual art, and created works on paper in which he combined basic geometrical forms and texts.