Charline von Heyl, Big Zipper, 2011, acrylic and oil on canvas, 86 x 78".

Charline von Heyl

Petzel Gallery | West 18th Street

Charline von Heyl, Big Zipper, 2011, acrylic and oil on canvas, 86 x 78".

A painter’s painter if ever there was one, Charline von Heyl has said so many strange and beautiful things about what it means to look at a work of art that standing in front of her own pictures can feel like a good challenge or a daunting test. This is an artist who considers the act of looking an adventure, who credits art historians for thinking with their eyes, and who says that when a work of art does something different or something new, “you can’t stop looking because there is something you want to find out, that you want to understand.” She adds, “Good paintings have this tantalizing quality.” When you turn your back on them, “they leave a hole in the mind, a longing.”

As cerebral as she is prolific, von Heyl is an impassioned defender of her practice and a staggeringly methodical maker of marks in the studio. She is deadly serious about the process of painting and about

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