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Mary Heilmann

b. 1940

Mary Heilmann, Big Bill, 1987  92.26
Mary Heilmann, Big Bill, 1987. Tempera and synthetic polymer on canvas, 43 3/16 × 40 3/16 in. (109.7 × 102.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Evelyn Meyers  92.26
© Mary Heilmann


March 7, 2007
Seminars with Artists: Mary Heilmann

Mary Heilmann. Photograph by Tanya Ahmed
Mary Heilmann. Photograph by Tanya Ahmed

Mary Heilmann moved to New York in 1968 and began exploring and experimenting with abstract painting’s history and materiality, infusing her compositions with both pop and personal references. Her first retrospective, organized by the Orange County Museum of Art, opened in May 2007 and included her work in ceramics, decorative arts, film, and music. Listen to Heilmann discuss her work and her career.

Since its inception in the late 1960s, Seminars with Artists has provided a forum for intimate engagements with the most notable artists working in America. Taking its cue from the exhibition Gordon Matta-Clark: You Are the Measure, this season’s speakers explore art practices born from critical intersections with New York City.