• Charline von Heyl, Frenhoferin, 2009, acrylic, oil, and charcoal on linen, 86 x 82”.

    Charline von Heyl

    Tate Liverpool
    Albert Dock
    February 24–May 27, 2012

    Curated by Gavin Delahunty and Ellen Seifermann

    Since the early 1990s, Charline von Heyl has taken a complex, almost paradoxical approach to painting—one that’s as committed to large-scale gestured abstraction as it is apparently skeptical of the medium’s expressive potential. However (and despite having been influential among artists on both sides of the Atlantic for years), the Marfa, Texas– and New York–based painter’s practice has only recently begun to attract more focused US and European institutional attention. Now, as the German-born artist’s inaugural American museum survey travels from Boston to Philadelphia this winter, von Heyl kicks off her first major exhibition in the UK. This show at Tate Liverpool brings together more than seventy drawings, prints, and paintings from the past two decades and boasts a fully illustrated catalogue, featuring an essay by critic Kirsty Bell.