The Dallas Museum of Art will present German artist Charline von Heyl for the next exhibition in its international emerging artist series, Concentrations. The exhibition serves as fertile ground for lived experiences and demonstrates how paintings can be both conceptual and expressive. The exhibition opens Friday, Oct. 28.
Her first solo U.S. museum show will consist of 10 to 12 paintings completed in the past two years and several groups of 12 drawings. Highlighting her painting process of layering different styles and techniques, von Heyl’s black and white drawings and photocopied collages are often figurative and abstract. The artist, who lives in New York and teaches at Columbia University, incorporates her knowledge of the history of painting, and her own history as a painter, to create a dynamic situation within each work.
Oscillating between notions of painterly and photographic, sculptural and flat, and spontaneous and slow applications of paint, von Heyl’s seductive paintings provoke viewer participation.
“Each work becomes a conversation or dialogue with the viewer, who discovers and experiences unexpected images that range from the haunting to the humorous or from the beautiful to the ugly. This is what makes her work so innovative,” said Suzanne Weaver, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.
The von Heyl exhibit will continue the goal of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Concentrations series of presenting challenging and critical work by emerging international artists. The Concentrations series began in 1981 as part of the Dallas Museum of Art’s commitment to the work of living artists. The series seeks to make the work of contemporary artists accessible to Dallas Museum of Art audiences while preserving the excitement of the work.
Concentrations exhibition support is provided by the Donor Circle Membership Program through leadership gifts of Claire Dewar, Nancy and Tim Hanley, and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky.
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