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Charline von Heyl - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Charline von Heyl (b. 1960, Germany)

Charline von Heyl was born in Germany in 1960 and has lived in the United States since 1996. She studied painting in Hamburg and Düsseldorf and participated in the Cologne-based art scene in the 1980s. She currently divides her time between New York, NY and Marfa, TX.

Von Heyl's first survey show was at Le Consortium, Dijon in 2009. Her first U.S. museum show was at the Dallas Museum of Art in 2005 and her first US survey was at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia in 2011.

Her work has been exhibited both in the United States and abroad, including solo museum exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2018); the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2018); Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago (2015); the Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom (2012); the Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Germany (2012); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2009), and the Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria (2004), among many others.

Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Greene Naftali, New York (2019); Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany (2017); Gladstone Gallery, New York (2018); The Institute of Contemporary Art Chicago (2016); Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2015); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Sculpture Center, New York (2011), and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2008), among many others.

Von Heyl's works are in the collections of the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Tate, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Hammer, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.

“I’m just trying to keep the paintings ahead of language. Or better yet, ahead of sentences. Nothing is truly beyond language, obviously. I just want to get the viewer to move past definitions and on to something more personal and fragile, a place where thoughts and feelings meet, where looking feels like thinking.”

Evelyn C. Hankins, “The Eye Is Always Game: A Conversation with Charline von Heyl,” Charline von Heyl – Snake Eyes, ed. Dirk Luckow (London: Koenig Books; Hamburg: Deichtorhallen Hamburg, 2018)

Career Highlights

Charline von Heyl - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Installation view, Whitney Biennial, 2014

1960 Born, Germany

1995 Moves to New York

1996 Begins showing with Petzel

2005 Concentrations 48: Charline von Heyl, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

2009 Le Temps de Boire est Arrive’, Le Consortium, Dijon, FR

2011 Solo exhibition, ICA Philadelphia; ICA Boston

2013 Solo exhibition, Petzel, New York

2014 Whitney Biennial

Charline von Heyl - Artists - Petzel Gallery

Installation view, Petzel, 2018

2015 Düsseldorf: Paintings from the Early 90’s, Petzel, New York (catalogue)

Charline von Heyl, Why Not?, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago (catalogue)

2018 Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (catalogue), Washington DC; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany; Museum Dhondt- Dhaenens, Deurle; Petzel

2021 Charline von Heyl, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, DE