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Mary Heilmann at Whitechapel Gallery, London

Mary Heilmann at Whitechapel Gallery, London

Mary Heilmann, »Splashy Cut«, 2013 | oil on canvas | diptych, 76.2 x 101.6 cm

Mary Heilmann, »Splashy Cut«, 2013 | oil on canvas | diptych, 76.2 x 101.6 cm

Mary Heilmann »Looking at Pictures«
Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
June 8 – August 21, 2016

The Whitechapel Gallery presents the first major UK survey of the American artist Mary Heilmann (born 1940). The exhibition spans the artist’s five decade career, from her early geometric paintings made in the 1970s to her recent shaped canvases in day-glo colours. It features approximately 45 paintings as well as a selection of ceramics, chairs and works on paper, many of which have never been exhibited, offering a unique insight into her playful approach to abstraction.

Born in California, Heilmann studied poetry, ceramics and sculpture before moving to New York in 1968 and taking up painting, partly in response to the predominance of sculptors among her contemporaries. The exhibition title »Looking at Pictures« is inspired by a section in the artist’s memoir, »The All Night Movie« (1999), in which she highlights the self-referential and autobiographical nature of her work. This display explores Heilmann’s formal approach to painting and abstraction, and considers the autobiographical themes that run through her work.

(excerpt from the Whitechapel Gallery’s press release)

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