Museum Folkwang
Chance and Order No.I (black, mauve and blue)
  • Kenneth Martin
  • Chance and Order No.I (black, mauve and blue), 1970

  • Casein paint on canvas
  • 121,9 x 121,9 cm
  • Acquired with the support of the Frau Otto Knaudt-Stiftung
  • Inv. G 415
  • CommentaryThe black, violet, and pink-colored bars set against a light-gray
    pictorial ground appear to be randomly distributed in ›chance
    and order no. I.‹ Like his American contemporaries, Kenneth
    Martin explored the three-dimensional effects of a flat image.
    However, he differed by tying into the Constructivism of the early twentieth century and working not only with planar surfaces, but also with the dynamics of lines. During the late nineteen-forties, he was already trying to reduce the impact of subjective influences on the working process while creating his first abstract pieces. By implementing mathematical formulas and simple precepts, Martin developed systems for drafting structures of apparently random
    nature. It is no coincidence that the pictorial ground resembles a papery surface here. Martin drew a square grid onto a sheet of paper as a template for the painting. He then linked crossover points according to a previously calculated numerical series. The seemingly superimposed bars thus reflect the temporal flow of the design technique. With this so-called ›Chance-and-Order‹ series, Kenneth Martin, toward the end of his lifetime, began to experiment
    with the foundations of abstract art and the creative process.
  • Provenance1976, Galerie m, Bochum
    1976, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,393
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Chance and Order No.I (black, mauve and blue)
  • Obj_Title2_S:
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Chance and Order No.I (black, mauve and blue) Chance and Order No.I (black, mauve and blue) Zufall und Ordnung, Nr. 1 (Schwarz, Malve und Blau)
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1970
  • Jahr von: 1,970
  • Jahr bis: 1,970
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 415
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0415
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 121,9 x 121,9 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Casein paint on canvas
  • Obj_Technique_S:
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Casein paint on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired with the support of the Frau Otto Knaudt-Stiftung
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  • Obj_Condition1_S (Druckerei):
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © The Estate of Kenneth Martin/DACS
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1976, Galerie m, Bochum
1976, Museum Folkwang, Essen