Mary Heilmann - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    303 Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, 303 Gallery, Mary Heilmann, Heaven & Hell, February 26 - April 9, 2005

  • Literature

    D. Colman, Mary Heilmann, Elle Decor, June 2006, p. 58 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “When I was about seven, I went away to camp and our art counselor taught us how to do ‘Modern Art’ by drawing loopy lines around and around the page and then filling the loops in with different colors. I never forgot that.” Mary Heilmann, 2010

    It is hard to place Mary Heilmann within the traditional narrative of contemporary art, as she has never conformed to the ideals set forth by the Color Field painters, Minimalists, or Expressionists. Heilmann’s approach to painting is uniquely autobiographical when compared to that of her peers, as she imbues the formal elements of geometry, color, and surface, to evoke a time, memory, place or future projection about herself and experiences. As the artist herself explains, “Behind my choices of color, surface and scale there is always a memory of a place or event – and through concentrating upon the sense and mood of that memory, I try to let the painting have the feeling that memory has for me.” (M. Heilmann, quoted in The Fortieth Biennial of Contemporary American Painting, exh. cat., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1987).


Cut and Mix

oil on canvas, diptych
overall 54 x 56 in. (137.2 x 142.2 cm)
Initialed, dated and inscribed "MH 05 Left" on the reverse of the left panel; further signed and dated "M. Heilmann 05" on the reverse of the right panel.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $185,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 10 November 2015 11am