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KATALIN HETEY (1924 - 2010) White Relief IV.   1988
KATALIN HETEY (1924 - 2010)
White Relief IV.  

gesso on canvas 

31.5 x 31.5 x 7.5 cm

By the end of the 1970s, Katalin Hetey's works simplified to monochrome, in which white became a standard. White means "nothing" in Malevich - the nothing-all of outside sensation, a metaphor of perfection, explicit action and infinity and hence of absolute value. In Dubuffet's art, a means of disembodiment, a release from eventuality, for Katalin Hetey - the symbol of definiteness in all-synthesizing space, a notional and material unit, and what she also highly esteemed in Robert Ryman's minimalist painting, the measure of pure quality. 

As she said, "it is a benchmark you can compare to even if you do not paint in white." 

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