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Mary Heilmann Presents ‘Looking At Pictures’

Picture of Johanna Gill
Updated: 9 June 2016
American artist Mary Heilmann’s first major UK survey is coming to London this month. The exhibition spans the artist’s five decade career from early geometric paintings made in the 1970s to her recent shaped canvases in day-glo colours. Looking at Pictures begins with paintings based on the square, the grid and architectural details, such as The First Vent (1972). The slide show Her Life (2006) features Heilmann’s paintings and personal photographs set to an eclectic mix of music. Choreographed across the long upper gallery, dynamic canvases represent autobiographical markers, including painterly haikus of Heilmann’s life. Every piece of her abstract art has a backstory, and aspects like the surreal beach life, pop songs, and friendships with New York artist, poets and musicians are the wellspring of the artist’s dazzling abstractions. The exhibition also features a selection of ceramics, chairs and works on paper. Head over to Looking at Pictures and become immersed with the synaesthetic stories, while sitting in Heilmann’s colourful chairs.

📅 8 June – 21 August 2016: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday to Sunday 11AM – 6PM, Thursday 11AM – 9PM

📍 Whitechapel Art Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX

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