Mary Heilmann born 1940

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Mary Heilmann - Black Tile
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London
July 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 GBP
Realised: 18.900 GBP
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Mary Heilmann - Saturday Night
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Prints & Multiples
June 2022
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 1.000 - 1.200 USD
Realised: 2.168 USD
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Mary Heilmann - The Passenger
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The Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann Evening Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 150.000 - 200.000 USD
Realised: 945.000 USD
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Mary Heilmann - African; Sound of Whitewater (2 works)
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Mary Heilmann - Le Mans
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session
May 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 70.000 - 100.000 USD
Realised: 189.000 USD
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Mary Heilmann - Yellow, Red + Blue Drawing
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session
May 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 USD
Realised: 126.000 USD
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Mary Heilmann - Ohne Titel.
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Prints! Prints! Prints! | ONLINE ONLY
April 2022
VAN HAM
Est.: 400 - 600 EUR
Realised: not available
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Mary Heilmann - The Secret
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New Now
March 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 USD
Realised: 113.400 USD
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Mary Heilmann - Black Velvet and Chartreuse
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Contemporary Discoveries
March 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 40.320 USD
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Mary Heilmann - Roadhouse
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Contemporary Discoveries
March 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Mary Heilmann - White Water
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Contemporary Curated
March 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 USD
Realised: 94.500 USD
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Mary Heilmann - Barcelona
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Contemporary Curated
March 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 USD
Realised: 81.900 USD
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The artist Mary Heilmann

  • Counts among the most influential abstract painters of her generation.
  • Is represented in numerous international collections.
  • Her paintings combine the linearity of geometric forms with a playful painting style.

Mary Heilmann was born in San Francisco in 1940. At the age of 19, she began studying literature at the University of California in Santa Barbara. In 1963, an excursion in poetics and ceramics followed at San Francisco State University, before she began her Master's degree in ceramics and sculpture at Berkeley in the same year. It was not until she moved to New York in 1968 that she devoted herself to the painting for which she became known.

Heilmann's abstract painterly works are reminiscent of modernist art and, as she herself says, move between the precision of Josef Albers and the expressiveness of a Willem de Kooning: while lines become grids that form colour fields and geometric shapes compose the picture, Heilmann maintains a playful approach to colour and form. Although the artist sketches her paintings digitally beforehand, it is the painterly moments of fading colour edges and visible brushstrokes that make her works interesting.

Unlike some modern artists, Heilmann does not pursue the goal of dematerialisation and a pure self-referentiality of painting: in her

works, the artist refers to memories, music or dreams, among other things. She cites cartoons as a major inspiration; she particularly admires the colour design of the television series The Simpsons. Her works also quote other artists such as Ellsworth Kelly or Piet Mondrian, the latter for example in the works Little Mondrian (1985) and Manhattan Shuffle (1986). Heilmann sometimes presents her paintings on chairs and benches she has built herself, thus inviting the viewers to interact. In addition to paintings and furniture, she also makes ceramics.

Initially, Heilmann found recognition primarily among other artists; her first solo show opened in 1970 at the Whitney Museum Art Resource Center. Many exhibitions followed, including the retrospective How To Be Someone at the New Museum in New York, which gave her renewed prominence in 2009. Today, works by her are in the collections of MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Heilmann lives and works in New York.

Die Künstlerin Mary Heilmann

  • Zählt zu den einflussreichsten abstrakten Malerinnen und Malern ihrer Generation.
  • Ist in zahlreichen internationalen Sammlungen vertreten.
  • Ihre Malereien vereinen die Linearität geometrischer Formen mit einem spielerischen Malstil.

Mary Heilmann wurde 1940 in San Francisco geboren. Mit 19 Jahren begann sie ihr Literaturstudium an der University of California in Santa Barbara. 1963 folgte ein Exkurs in Poetik und Keramik an der San Francisco State University, bevor sie im selben Jahr ihren Master in Keramik und Skulptur in Berkeley begann. Erst mit ihrem Umzug nach New York im Jahr 1968 widmete sich die Künstlerin der Malerei, für die sie bekannt wurde.

Heilmanns abstrakte malerischen Werke erinnern an die Kunst der Moderne und bewegen sich, wie sie selbst sagt, zwischen der Genauigkeit von Josef Albers und der Expressivität eines Willem de Kooning: Während Linien zu Rastern werden, die Farbflächen bilden, und geometrische Formen das Bild komponieren, behält Heilmann einen spielerischen Umgang mit Farbe und Form bei. Denn obwohl die Künstlerin ihre Malereien vorher digital skizziert, sind es die malerischen Momente von auslaufenden Farbkanten und sichtbarem Pinselduktus, die ihre Werke interessant machen.

Anders als manche modernen Künstler verfolgt Heilmann jedoch nicht das Ziel einer Dematerialisierung und einer reinen

Selbstreferenzialität der Malerei: In ihren Arbeiten bezieht sich die Künstlerin unter anderem auf Erinnerungen, Musik oder Träume. Als große Inspiration nennt sie Cartoons, insbesondere die Farbgestaltung der Fernsehserie Die Simpsons bewundert sie. Ihre Werke zitieren darüber hinaus andere Kunstschaffende wie Ellsworth Kelly oder Piet Mondrian, letzteren zum Beispiel in den Werken Little Mondrian (1985) und Manhattan Shuffle (1986). Zum Teil präsentiert Heilmann ihre Malereien auf selbstgebauten Stühlen und Bänken und lädt damit die Betrachter zur Interaktion ein. Neben Bildern und Möbeln fertigt sie auch Keramiken an. 

Zunächst fand Heilmann primär unter anderen Kunstschaffenden Anerkennung, ihre erste Soloshow eröffnete 1970 im Whitney Museum Art Resource Center. Viele Ausstellungen folgten, darunter auch die Retrospektive How To Be Someone im New Museum in New York, die 2009 ihrer Bekanntheit erneut Antrieb verlieh. Heute befinden sich Werke von ihr in den Sammlungen des MoMA und des Whitney Museums of American Art in New York, des Hammer Museums in Los Angeles und des Kölner Museum Ludwigs. Heilmann lebt und arbeitet in New York.

Mary Heilmann - Untitled (First Checkered Spiral)
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Post-War to Present
March 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 USD
Realised: 119.700 USD
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Mary Heilmann - Stripes \'n Dots
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Contemporary Curated
March 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 USD
Realised: 119.700 USD
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Mary Heilmann - French Screen
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Contemporary Art Day Auction
May 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 150.000 - 250.000 USD
Realised: 302.400 USD
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Mary Heilmann - It\'s raining today.
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Contemporary Art | ONLINE ONLY
March 2021
VAN HAM, Cologne
Est.: 400 - 600 EUR
Realised: not available
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Mary Heilmann - Deco
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New Now
March 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 USD
Realised: 88.200 USD
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Mary Heilmann - Arbor Piece; Earth and Air (2 works)
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Geometric AbstractionPrints & Multiples
February 2021
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: not available
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Mary Heilmann - „It\'s raining today“.
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Online Only 2020/2021 - Contemporary Editions Online Only
February 2021
Grisebach
Est.: 400 - 600 EUR
Realised: 437 EUR
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Mary Heilmann - Chrysanthemum Fan
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First Open | Online
December 2020
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 USD
Realised: 25.000 USD
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Mary Heilmann - Glide
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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session
December 2020
Phillips, New York
Est.: 150.000 - 200.000 USD
Realised: 126.000 USD
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Mary Heilmann - Ground Control II
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
October 2020
Christies, London
Est.: 70.000 - 100.000 GBP
Realised: 93.750 GBP
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Mary Heilmann - Redondo Beach
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale
October 2020
Christies, New York
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 USD
Realised: 300.000 USD
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Mary Heilmann - Untitled: Cut, Touch, Kiss, Valentine
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Contemporary Edition
July 2020
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 4.375 USD
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