Mary Heilmann: Looking at Pictures
Edited by Lydia Yee. With an essay by Briony Fer and writings by Mary Heilmann
This catalog was published on the occasion of Heilmann's solo exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, London, in 2016, and it explores Heilmann’s approach to abstraction from two distinct but interrelated perspectives: the formal and the personal.
The personal is reflected in the title Looking at Pictures, named after a section in the artist’s memoir The All Night Movie (1999), in which she writes, ‘Each of my paintings can be seen as an autobiographical marker’, clearly represented here through works that relate to moments in the artist’s friendships, memories of places where she has lived or spent time and her love of music and film. The juxtaposing formal aspect of her work is also explored, most evidently in her early paintings of grids and squares rendered in primary colours and in works that are based on architectural or interior planes, such as doors and mirrors.
As well as new essays by Lydia Yee (Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery) and Briony Fer (Professor of History of Art, University College London), and writings by the artist on key works, the publication will feature 100 beautiful full-color illustrations of paintings, works on paper, furniture and ceramics from Heilmann’s five-decade career.
Hardback, 192 pages, 2016
100 color illustrations