Horia Damian was renowned for his exploration of very few themes in extraordinary depth. Thomas Messer, the Director of the Guggenheim, wrote that Damian’s work is concerned with the intuition of an extra-terrestrial spatial order. Messer’s description may be difficult to understand, but Damian’s work can be enjoyed precisely because it does not actually require understanding. His work is about geometry, but a geometry that is not rigid. He balances the orderliness of geography with a sensitive and painterly mode. The beauty of his abstractions is their ability to suggest so much.
This work—Galaxy 3—is a drawing in pencil, not a print, plainly requiring extraordinary patience and detail in the making. His detailed, crisp drawing forming a sensuous image is a joy to view.