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Charline Von Heyl in Chicago

JANUARY 15 – MARCH 13, 2021

JANUARY 15 – MARCH 13, 2021

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Charline von Heyl

solo in Chicago

Third solo exhibition of Charline von Heyl in Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery. This exhibition features fifteen fresh paintings all made at her studio refuge in Marfa. Von Heyl began to gather steam on these canvases, ironically, just as the world ground to a halt, and she worked on them alongside the ups and downs of the emergent global pandemic.

There are different stylistic currents, a variety of ways of painting, of constructing a composition, of thinking about an image, of relating object and atmosphere, and of negotiating the concepts of abstraction and representation, but they all come from a single powerful visual intelligence.


Commonalities between works exist, of course; there’s a suite of three identically sized, closely linked paintings on raw linen, for instance. Von Heyl’s approach to color is as daring here as ever, a number of the works specifically exploring a yellow palette in multiple modalities. And there is a rich set of lurking topical elements to be uncovered in these works, some deeply submerged, some more immediately recognizable.

Thine Own Hare, 2020, acrylic on linen

Kosmis, 2020, acrylic on linen

The August Complex, 2020, acrylic on linen

Charline von Heyl (born 1960) is a German abstract painter. She also works with drawing, printmaking, and collage. She moved to the United States in the 1990s, and has studios in New York City and in Marfa, Texas.

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