Surreal beach life of LA in the Whitechapel Gallery


Good news: this weekend is your last chance to visit the Mary Heilmann exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Even better news: if you’re not around, don’t be disappointed because in this blogpost we will reveal a little bit of her artwork!

The Whitechapel Gallery in London

The Whitechapel Gallery is a gallery for everyone. Experience beautiful galleries, exhibitions, historic archives and world-class artists like Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Frida Kahlo, Sophie Calle, Paul Noble, Thomas Struth, Sarah Lucas and Mark Wallinger. The creativity level is super-high, stroll around in the Whitechapel’s cafe, bar or bookshop to get your daily inspiration boost ;).


Surreal Art by Mary Heilmann

The surreal beach life of Los Angeles, 1960s counter culture, pop songs and friendships with New York artists, poets and musicians are the well springs of Mary Heilmann’s dazzling abstractions. Welcome to the Pop-culture: play the video, put the sound ON and imagine the dazzling beach life of LA.

Not known with Mary Heilmann? Here’s a little background information by The Whitechapel Gallery: “Heilmann (b. 1940) takes colour, line and shape on unexpected journeys. Polka dots waft across eye-popping hues corralled within irregular rectangles. The poetry of her works lies in the tension between the rigours of geometry and the contingencies of the human and the organic. “

Surreal vs Real

Discover the beach life in the painting below and experience the real show in the next images. What do you see?


Next to this ‘Looking at Pictures’ exhibition you can visit three others at the Whitechapel.

Looking at Pictures by Mary Heilmann, 8 Jun – 21 Aug 2016, Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St
London E1 7QX. Click to view opening hours (free entrance).

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Credits: Mary HeilmannWhitechapel Gallery.
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