Helga Philipp’s second solo show at Galerie Hubert Winter focuses on her paintings from the late 80s and 90s – a group of monochrome works with simple geometric compositions. Since 1985, Helga Philipp was concerned with black and grey shades on canvas, graphite on transparent paper, as well as the reduction of form and colour. Philipp produced large-scale paintings with light-dark contrasts, which, despite their simplification of form, generate an illusion of space. Her remarkable works on canvas deploy a similar optical effect, which Philipp already established with her kinetic objects in the 60s and 70s.
Reflecting materials like graphite pigment and aluminium powder, areas of impastos … the structure of the surface and the reflecting lights challenge the perception of the viewer once more.
Helga Philipp was born on June 2 1939 in Vienna, and died on November 5 2002 in Vienna.
Current museum shows:
Abstract Loop Austria. Marc Adrian, Richard Kriesche, Helga Philipp, Gerwald Rockenschaub
January 28 – May 29, 2016
21er Haus, Vienna
ABSTRAKT - SPATIAL. Malerei im Raum
March 13 – June 19, 2016
EYE ATTACK. Op Art and Kinetic Art 1950 – 1970
February 4 – June 5, 2016
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen