Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mary Heilmann: Tell, don't Ask

This week the Guggenheim held its Art Awards ceremony, and the Artist of the Year was Mary Heilmann. 

I'm enjoying exploring her work. It ranges in approach and concept, but even her most hard-edged, geometric paintings are executed with a painterly vigor.

Instead of asking "Is this okay? Did I do it right?" Heilmann tells us "This is how it is."

She also obviously knows that for a lively, spontaneous-seeming painting to work, it must be rigorously planned.

Here is Mary Heilmann with "Two-Lane Blacktop".

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