Charline von Heyl, Untitled, 2010, Courtesy of the artist and 1301 P, Los Angeles.

Charline von Heyl, Untitled, 2010 Mixed media on paper 26" x 21" Courtesy of the artist and 1301PE, Los Angeles. Photographer: Fredrik Nilsen.

Charline von Heyl, a Process of Reinvention of Abstraction

Charline von Heyl, Woman #2, 2009, © Charline von Heyl.

Charline von Heyl, Now or Else, 2009, © Charline von Heyl.

Charline von Heyl, It's Vot's Behind Me That I Am (Krazy Kat), 2010, acrylic, oil on linen and canvas, 82 x 72 inches. Private collection, New York; courtesy of Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York.


Tate Liverpool
Albert Dock
+ 0151 702 7400
Charline von Heyl
February 24-May 27, 2012

The first major UK exhibition of New York-based Charline von Heyl (b 1960), at the forefront of a new generation of abstract painters who have acknowledged painting’s contradictions and rejected late modernism’s emphasis on signature style.

Forty-two large canvasses and a number of unique works on paper are displayed, covering the period 1990-2011. Taking a broadly chronological approach, the exhibition demonstrates von Heyl’s eclectic approach to painting. Often employing unconventional painting methods and actively resisting a single style or vision, she has constantly reinvented the art form.

Born in Germany in 1960, von Heyl studied at Düsseldorf Art Academy with Jörg Immendorf and Fritz Schwegler. She witnessed firsthand painting’s resurgence in the 1980s through the vibrant Köln-based art scene, where radical and experimental approaches to painting by artists such as Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen began a dramatic expansion of the field.

Von Heyl’s work can be found in the collections of major international institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has had solo exhibitions at Le Consortium, Dijon; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the Vienna Secession. ICA Philadelphia presents a survey of her work from 7 September 2011 – 19 February 2012, travelling to ICA Boston from 21 March – 8 July 2012. The US surveys trace the development of von Heyl’s work over the last decade, drawing on works in American collections.

Charline von Heyl is organised in collaboration with Kunsthalle Nuremberg, where the exhibition will be displayed from July 11–September 30, 2012. The exhibition is curated by Gavin Delahunty, Head of Exhibitions & Displays, Tate Liverpool and Ellen Seifermann, Director, Kunsthalle Nuremberg.

Charline von Heyl, Untitled (3/00), III, 2000 Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Kathleen and Roland Augustine in honor of Robert Hoffman.

Charline von Heyl, Untitled, 2010, Mixed media on paper 26 x 21 inches Courtesy of the artist and 1301PE, Los Angeles. Photographer: Fredrik Nilsen.

Charline von Heyl, "Wall at WAM" mural, Worcester Art Museum. The work was inspired by an Ellsworth Kelly painting in the museum's collection, Orange White.