Mary Heilmann: Little 9x9 (1973) / Blue Room (1997)
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‘The first-rate group of works from the Sammlung Hauser & Wirth being presented at the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen offers a welcome occasion to take a closer look into Mary Heilmann’s oeuvre: Little 9 × 9 from 1973 and Blue Room from 1997 are the objects of the following monographic reflection on her work. These two works represent exemplarily her early work as well as her current phase of production that together form the wondrous biotope of color, as carefully nurtured as it is untamed.’ —‘Painting – Deconstructed Reconstructed. Two Works by Mary Heilmann’ by Konrad Bitterli
Influenced by 1960s counterculture, the free speech movement, and the surf ethos of her native California, Mary Heilmann ranks amongst the most influential abstract painters of her generation. Considered one of the preeminent contemporary Abstract painters, Heilmann’s practice overlays the analytical geometries of Minimalism with the spontaneous ethos of the Beat Generation, and are always distinguishable by their often unorthodox – always joyful – approach to color and form.