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July 28, 2016
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Mary Heilmann

Mary Heilmann

Arriving like a heady blast of ozone comes this retrospective of the US artist who, for the past five decades, has dazzled with witty, exuberant, sensuous paintings. Heilmann, born in San Francisco in 1940, has forged a singular path, riffing on various styles of abstraction – hard-edge painting, expressionist brushwork, the dot, the splodge, the stripe, the dribble – in a deceptively casual manner. In one sense, she’s an avid recycler – a re-inventor of the modernist wheel, if you like. But it’s Heilmann’s insouciance and the apparent spontaneity of her art that elevates it and makes her such a unique voice in contemporary art. Of course, it takes immense skill and practice to appear so relaxed. Many commentators have been quick to align the athleticism of Heilmann’s art to her childhood training as a competitive diver. Whether or not that’s the case, it possibly explains the references to water – swimming pools, crashing waves – in her work. And, while she’s been a New York resident for decades, the sun-filled sensibility of her paintings gives them a distinctly West Coast vibe. The show will include ceramics and furniture, as well as paintings.

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