Mary Heilmann deploys a surprising variety of materials and techniques in her latest show, given that the abstract paintings are all similarly constructed of two intersecting squares. One diptych—Shadow and Splash (2015)—pairs a glazed ceramic panel with a canvas painted in colorful wavy horizontal stripes; others incorporate handmade paper, canvas or wood, and oil or acrylic paint. Bluntly titled “Geometrics: Waves, Roads, Etc.,” Heilmann’s new work (most is from this year) features blocky, pared-down renditions of these undulating phenomena. In addition to the small-scale works, “Geometrics” includes seven painted plywood chairs arranged in a circle in the middle of the gallery (similar to her “Sunset” chairs dotting one of the Whitney’s large outdoor galleries) and a cheerful red table set with colorful ceramic cups and saucers.
Pictured: Mary Heilmann: Geometric Right, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 30 by 30 inches. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York