Akos Birkas (1941- ), Hungarian
KOPF 50 (HEAD NO. 50), 1989 (A DIPTYCH FROM THE KOPF SERIES)
Two oils on canvas; one with sheet of paper mounted to the verso signed, inscribed “Fej 50” and inscribed in pen and ink, titled “Kopf 50” in black magic marker to this artist’s pen and ink diagram showing how to hang the work attached to the verso, one of the canvases is signed, titled, dated 1989 and inscribed “Zweitellig! Two parts!” with the diagram to hang and the sizes of each a) and b) verso
a)/b) 78.7 x 35.4 in — 200 x 90 cm; 78.7 x 39.4 in — 200 x 100 cm
Ákos Birkás is a Hungarian painter known primarily for his abstract works, but he has continually negotiated a relationship between abstraction and figurative representation throughout his career. His large, ovular, abstract portraits known as ‘Kopfs’ (Heads) are his most significant body of work, produced from the mid-eighties up until the late nineties. The series consists of more than 200 individual artworks, often painted on canvases that are the scale of the body, and occasionally constructed as offset diptychs as in this example.
Private Collection, Toronto
With the Art Gallery of Ontario since September 9, 1991