Revisiting Charline Von Heyl

by Art Fag City on May 3, 2010 Blurb

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Charline Von Heyl, Installation view, Fredrich Petzel

I went back to the Charline Von Heyl exhibition I reviewed for the L Magazine last week, only to discover I didn’t like the abstract paintings as much as I did the last time I saw them. Context will do that to a show; there wasn’t nearly as many good shows up when I first saw the work, so it looked a lot better. As I discussed earlier, the show has it’s strong points, but this time I ended up finding the paintings a little too contained and controlled for my taste. It didn’t help that the works are all the same size — there’s a uniformity to the show that makes it monotonous.

In other news, readers who haven’t checked out the comment thread on Amy Sillman’s Transformer (Or How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take To Change A Painting), should do so. It’s amongst the most illuminating discussions this blog has ever hosted and I couldn’t be more proud. I have the sense the thread is coming to an end, but I’ll be using the day regardless to go over the material from the show so I can fashion a worthy response.

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