Comments on: Mary Heilmann at Hauser & Wirth Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 By: jenny meehan Sat, 17 Mar 2012 11:52:26 +0000 “What seems unusual is the unequivocal directness of the artist’s desire to paint from the centre of her emotional world.”

Is this unusual?

I love the way you have written about this exhibition, and I am impressed by your words. I will go along and view the work before I make my own judgements. It looks fun, there’s nothing wrong with that, good for her! Your writing has made me take a look, so it’s achieved its purpose!

Looking at the examples not “in the flesh” it doesn’t inspire, but I’ll wait and see!

By: Katrina Fri, 16 Mar 2012 23:07:48 +0000 Dan
What a wonderful description and summing up of the show which I’ve just been to see! Maybe I was too impatient to give it time. After having seen one or two Heilmans around and particularly the beautiful pink and black one in Warwick in Dan Sturgis’ Indiscipline of Painting I was, however, disappointed in the general installation (which was like a primary school art room or department store) as well as some individual works, which seemed throwaway – others not so of course. There is a debate going on elsewhere on this site about the value or point of having just one work from an artist in a large group show – or indeed whether a single work can really offer enough clues or understanding. In Heilman’s case I have been satisfied with one but almost horrified by so much. It felt a little insecure and although we are told all her work is autobiographical there were no helpful Eminesque captions embedded and had to leave quickly.

By: laurence Noga Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:24:07 +0000 Heilmann has a fearless grip on colour choice, she is a big wave celebrity. The acid waves of colour that she cleverly orchestrates uses the unexpected, like a surfboard that almost knocks you out ,but you duck just in time underneath the wave, you come up looking for bigger waves of colour that move and roll you.

By: John Holland Fri, 16 Mar 2012 18:48:18 +0000 That’s nice.
A painter unafraid to make bland, inept, glib pictures that don’t demand anything of the viewer.
Which begs the question, why does anyone pay big money for such twee underachievement when they could buy a lovely matching Cath Kidston bag and brolly for a few quid instead?