Sep 7, 2011–Feb 19, 2012

Charline von Heyl

About

The first museum survey of Charline von Heyl, a painter whose vibrant, insistent, enigmatic work demonstrates that painting is still intensely relevant in contemporary art. Her paintings are not abstractions of objects or figures; instead, she is interested in creating a “new image that stands for itself as a fact.” With their dynamic energy, their contradictions and reversals, and their intentional confusion of foreground and background, these paintings require (and desire) careful looking—yet refuse to yield to the impulse to name, identify, and define. Tracing the development of von Heyl’s work over the last decade, the exhibition consists of 18 paintings exhibited alongside collage-based works on paper. Von Heyl’s works on paper combine drawing, painting, woodcut, silkscreen, and lithography, and are defined by a wild overflow of energy. These works are sometimes more conventionally legible than the paintings, their source images less transformed. Von Heyl’s drawings are sites of experimentation, extremely process-heavy, and composed through a playful method of trial and error.

Charline von Heyl premiered at ICA, then traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (March 21-July 8, 2012).
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Wed, Feb 8, 2012, 6:30PM
Artist Talk: Charline von Heyl
Sat, Dec 10, 2011, 2PM
Excursus I: Logan Grider
Wed, Nov 16, 2011, 6:30PM
ICA Salon: Studio/Post Studio
Wed, Nov 2, 2011, 6:30PM
ICA Salon: Art in Transit/Art in Flux
Sat, Oct 29, 2011, 2PM
Excursus I: Tea & Conversation
Wed, Oct 19, 2011, 6:30PM
ICA Salon: Meeting Boundaries
Wed, Oct 5, 2011, 6:30PM
ICA Salon: Approaching Imagery
Sat, Oct 1, 2011, 2PM
Excursus I: Tea & Conversation
Wed, Sep 7, 2011, 5PM
Opening and Walkthrough: Fall 2011
Books & Editions
Publication Date
2011
Publisher
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
ICA acknowledges The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their generous exhibition support. We are also grateful for the support of Hilarie & Mitchell Morgan and Mari & Peter Shaw. ICA acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Barbara B. & Theodore R. Aronson for the exhibition catalogue. We are grateful for support by endowment gifts from ICA Board Members: The Nancy E. and Leonard M. Amoroso Exhibition Endowment Fund; The Dorothy H. & Martin N. Bandier Endowment Fund; The Reinsberg Exhibition Fund; The Josephine M. & Christopher C. Schlank Fund; The B.Z. & Michael H. Schwartz Fund; and The Bryan & Meredith Verona Fund. This exhibition has also been funded by: The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art; friends and members of ICA; and the University of Pennsylvania. General operating support provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. ICA receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. We are grateful to Friedrich Petzel and the Friedrich Petzel Gallery for their inkind support. ICA acknowledges Le Meridien Philadelphia as our official UnLock Art partner hotel.