Mary Heilmann @ the Whitechapel Gallery

Mary Heilmann, Primalon Ballroom, 2002, oil on canvas on wood,127 × 101.6cm (© Mary Heilmann, photo: Oren Slor, courtesy of the artist, 303 Gallery, New York, and Hauser & Wirth)
Mary Heilmann, Primalon Ballroom, 2002, oil on canvas on wood,127 × 101.6cm (© Mary Heilmann, photo: Oren Slor, courtesy of the artist, 303 Gallery, New York, and Hauser & Wirth)

Charley Peters reviews Mary Heilmann: Looking at Pictures at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, on view through August 21, 2016.

Peters writes: "‘Looking at Pictures’ makes much of Heilmann as an artist who paints her own life – the exhibition title itself is taken from a section of her aforementioned biography – but there is nothing pure or definitive about Heilmann’s approach to painting. Where she embraces abstraction as a referent for personal experience, she also denotes its more formal concerns, albeit with a casual and knowing imperfection... Throughout ‘Looking at Pictures’ Heilmann’s paintings reveal an adjacency of formalism and narrative, simultaneously telling stories of the proximity of herself to the work and also her objective distance while working towards an established language of abstract motifs."

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