Charline von Heyl


May 12 - June 16, 2001

537 W 22nd Street


Opening reception: Saturday, May 12, 6-8 pm

On Saturday May 12, Friedrich Petzel Gallery will open Idio, an exhibition of new paintings by Charline von Heyl. This will be von Heyl's third solo show at the gallery. The opening reception will be from 6-8 PM on the 12th.

This exhibition features von Heyl's most recent investigations into the possibilities of painting as a pure visual language. Densely colored surfaces with thick and rapid brushstrokes merge into large open planes. Fractured forms, spirals, overlays and washes combine with raucous color schemes to create a body of work that further challenges the realms of abstraction.

In Idio, a canvas, which dons the title of the show, a curvaceous, semi-figurative shape slides down a field of thick white paint. At the bottom of the canvas, heavy brushwork reemerges as if out of nowhere.

Another work, entitled Blue Rider, is composed entirely of frenetic, overlapping swatches of blue, red, orange and green. In several of these canvases, a thin overlay of glaze is applied creating a tension between the underlying depth of color and the flatness produced by the glaze.

Idio will be on view from May 12 through June 16. For further information please contact the gallery at 212.680.9467 or

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    Oil on canvas
    82 x 78 inches
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    Fog Dog
    Oil on canvas
    72 x 64 inches
  • 3 / 5
    Oil on canvas
    85 x 100 inches
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    Oil on canvas
    64 x 72 inches
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    Oil on canvas
    85 x 90 inches
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