previews

Newport Beach

Mary Heilmann

Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
May 20–August 26

Curated by Elizabeth Armstrong

As if to make up for our belated recognition of Mary Heilmann, Armstrong has organized not one but two exhibitions around the artist’s work. The main attraction, Heilmann’s first US retrospective, should illustrate her commitment to both painting and immediacy—extending back four decades to a time when the New York art world embraced neither—in sixty high-voltage pictures made without recourse to psychological projection, literary detail, or any assertion of image. The concurrent “Something About Mary” gathers works from a multigenerational roster of artists (including Laura Owens, Mary Weatherford, and Don Christensen) for whom Heilmann’s tough formal attitude continues to inspire. Travels to the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Nov. 3, 2007–Jan. 20, 2008; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, May 10–Aug. 24, 2008; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Sept. 27, 2008–Jan. 4, 2009.