Mary Heilmann (*1940 in San Francisco) combines elements of abstraction and conceptual art with the bright colors, wit, and the playfulness of Pop Art. Among the preeminent abstract painters of her generation, Heilmann creates works that are both formally adventurous and richly evocative, marked by loose brushwork and bold patterning. Raised in Southern California and influenced by the surfer culture of the 1950s/60s, Heilmann deliberately places her works in an iconography of well-known film and music quotations.
It is not surprising that the overlapping yellowish shapes in Yellow Lineup are reminiscent of rushing waves on the Pacific coast of California. Clearly visible is the curved brushstroke, which partly extends beyond the work and suggests a persistence of the waves’ continuous flow. The uneven application of paint gives the work a modest spontaneity, at the same time lending a lasting reverberation, which is carried on through the gradation of the yellow tones, from light yellow to ochre. In Yellow Lineup, the well-dosed excess of gestures within a minimalist geometric abstraction creates a tension-filled pictorial composition.
Yellow Lineup is offered in collaboration with Crown Point Press. The edition was published by Crown Point Press and printed by Sam Carr-Prindle.