MARCIA HAFIF (1929, USA)

Marcia Hafif’s painting gets by with a minimum of effort. The paint is built up on the canvas or forms itself on the paper brushstroke upon brushstroke, until the entire surface is covered. The high degree of uniformity demands a concentrated and continuous working method allowing no lengthy interruptions. In 1972, Marcia Hafif began to concentrate entirely on the relationship between painting materials and the act of painting. To describe her work only as an important contribution to “Radical Painting” would not be quite accurate; no one has undertaken the program of the “Investigation of the original essence of painting” so unconditionally as she. With every painting she poses the question anew: What is painting, what can it be for us today?
 


Exhibitions:
2010    "Personal Structures Time-Space-Existence", Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Austria

Publications:
• Lodermeyer, Peter, Karlyn De Jongh & Sarah Gold, PERSONAL STRUCTURES: TIME SPACE EXISTENCE, DuMont Verlag, Cologne, Germany, 2009