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.
A mastaba is an ancient Egyptian tomb rectangular in shape with sloping sides and a flat roof, consisting of an underground burial chamber with rooms above it (at ground level) in which to store offerings.
This work is From “Les symboles du lieu”.