Maurer approaches different media with the same intent – exploring repetition, concealment and revelation – and yet it’s in her paintings that her equal appreciation for harmony and distortion truly comes alive. Stand in front of her spellbinding works and time appears to slow down as the eye traces lines and colours that seemingly merge and morph.
Although Maurer has said that her work isn’t political, there’s something quietly defiant about her playful conceptual practice – effective even when created with the most basic materials. Then, and now, these transformative works find freedom in experimentation.
Words by Chloë Ashby
The exhibition runs from the 5th August 2019 to the 5th July 2020.
Image 1, 5, 6 & 9: Installation of Dóra Maurer (5 August 2019 – 5 July 2020) at Tate Modern © Tate (Matt Greenwood)
image 2: Space Painting 1984–96, Silver print, gouache, 100 × 70 cm, Private collection, © Dóra Maurer Photo: Vintage Galéria / András Bozsó
Image 3: Relative Quasi Image 1996, Acrylic on canvas and wood,100 × 100 cm, Private collection, © Dóra Maurer Photo: Vintage Galéria / András Bozsó
Image 4: Dóra Maurer in 2007, Photography © Fábián Évi
Image 7: Seven Foldings 1975, published 1978, Drypoint on paper, 578 x 400 mm, Tate, © Dóra Maurer Photo: Vintage Galéria / András Bozsó
Image 8: Displacements, Step 18 with Two Random-Quasi-Images 1976, Acrylic, canvas, wood, 200 × 160 cm, Promised gift to Tate by anonymous donors, 2019, © Dóra Maurer