Thank you for your interest in Joaquin’s Close Out by Mary Heilmann. Manifesting the spontaneity of painting, Joaquin’s Close Out testifies to the artist’s unique approach to etching. Heilmann treats...
Thank you for your interest in Joaquin’s Close Out by Mary Heilmann. Manifesting the spontaneity of painting, Joaquin’s Close Out testifies to the artist’s unique approach to etching. Heilmann treats the medium similar to watercolor and uses her hand in a fluid, painterly fashion to let the gravity of the material instruct the way it falls and settles. Amorphous forms of vibrant pink, red, orange, purple, and black appear to have been splashed onto the paper and melt together—spots of pure opaque pigment are harmonious with the translucent layering of the contrasting shades. Joaquin’s Close Out is an exceptional example of the artist’s triumphant experimentation with color. The luminous, rich colors both oppose and complement one another—thus, accomplishing Heilmann’s intent to shock the audience.
Influenced by 1960s counterculture, the free speech movement, and the surf culture of her native California, Mary Heilmann is one of the most influential abstract painters of her generation. The imaginative color relationships of her work all have backstories, imbued with vivid memories and references to music, aesthetic influences, and dreams. Her works are always distinguishable by their often unorthodox—and ever joyful—approach to color and form. Her work has appeared in three Whitney Biennial exhibitions (1972, 1989, 2008) and is in many collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, among many others.
Joaquin’s Close Out is a color aquatint priced at $8,500, measuring 40 x 30 1/2 in, and is the artist’s proof #7 out of a small edition of 25. The work was printed at Crown Point in San Francisco and features the print-house’s chop and artist’s signature. Please let me know if you have any further questions. I am happy to provide detailed images, a shipping quote - anything that may be helpful to you. Thank you and I hope to speak with you soon!
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