New York City, 2020

[credit “photo © Brigitte Lacombe]

Mary Heilmann

Mary Heilmann (San Francisco, 1940) lives and works in New York City. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1962), and a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley (1967). For each of Heilmann’s works – abstract paintings, ceramics and furniture – there is a story. Imbued with memories, stories spun from her imagination and references to music, aesthetic influences and dreams, his paintings are like meditations or icons. Her compositions are often hybrid spatial environments that are configured either in the juxtaposition of two- and three-dimensional renderings in a single frame, or in the union of several canvases that make up new works, or even in the creation of painted diptychs and photographs in the form of prints, slideshows and videos. Heilmann’s discerning eye for geometry and color extends to his handmade tables and chairs, which he stages in intimate compositions and wide- ranging interventions. Heilmann has received the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Award (2006) and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has exhibited in various institutions, including: Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2016); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); Kunst Museum Bonn, Bonn, (2013); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2008) and Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach (2007). In June 2022, Primary Information published a facsimile edition of her celebrated memoir The All- Night Movie (1999).