Mary Heilmann. Daydream Nation on View at Hauser & Wirth New York




Mary Heilmann, Palm Tree c. 1996, Oil on gessoed paper; 105.4 x 74.3 x 105.4 cm/41 1/2 x 29 1/4 in. Photo: Thomas Muller. © Mary Heilmann courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and 303 Gallery, New York

Hauser & Wirth opened its doors to Daydream Nation’ at its 22nd Street gallery, exploring Mary Heilmann’s ongoing interest in drawing as a form of transcribing memory. Curated by artist Gary Simmons, Heilmann’s friend and former student and colleague at New York’s School of Visual Arts, the exhibition celebrates her talent for distilling complex images and ideas into deceptively simple geometric forms and abstract gestural marks. Through rarely and never-before-seen works on paper from the 1970s to early 2000s, this presentation reveals how drawing functions as a form of daydreaming—of conjuring the sights, sounds and events of her past travels or her imagined future—in Heilmann’s creative process. 

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