Charline von Heyl

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Charline von Heyl
Born 1960
Mainz, West Germany
Nationality German
Known for Painting
Movement Abstract

Charline von Heyl (born 1960) is a German artist[1] best known for her abstract painting. She also works with drawing, printmaking, and collage. She lives and works in New York and Marfa, Texas, together with her husband and fellow painter Christopher Wool.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Von Heyl was born to a German lawyer and French-born psychologist in Mainz.[3] She grew up in Bonn and later studied with Jörg Immendorff at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and with Fritz Schwegler at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Immendorff later asked her to work for him as his assistant in Düsseldorf.[3] She moved to New York in late 1995.[4]


Von Heyl is often seen as part of one of several leading female contemporary painters, a group which also includes Cecily Brown, Jacqueline Humphries, Laura Owens, Jutta Koether, Amy Sillman and Emily Sundblad.[3]

Using a wide range of imagery, from found photographs and drawings of comic books, von Heyl alternates between collage-based works on paper and painting on canvas. To make her collages, she rips images into shapes, drops them onto pages she has photocopied, spray-painted, and marked with ink, and then manipulates them by hand.[3] Von Heyl does not make studies for her paintings, and does not begin with a pre-conceived idea, allowing the works to be determined rather by the decisions that arise in the process of their making.[5]

In fall 2008 her artist’s book Sabotage was published by Xn Editions and Christophe Daviet-Thery in Paris. The book was previewed, with an introductory note by the artist, in the October 2008 Artforum.[6]

Von Heyl maintains an expansive studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York.[3] Both Wool and von Heyl had residencies in Marfa in 2006 and 2008, respectively, and today they share a studio building there.


In 2005, von Heyl's exhibition Concentrations 48: Charline von Heyl[7] was held at the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas, USA, and in 2009, her work was exhibited in Le jour de boire est arrivé held at Le Consortium, a contemporary art center in Dijon, France.

In 2011-2012, von Heyl had two major traveling retrospectives. Charline von Heyl, Now or Else started at the Tate Liverpool in Liverpool, England[8][9][10] and subsequently traveled to the Kunsthalle Nürnberg in Nuremberg, Germany[8] and the Bonner Kunstverein in Bonn, Germany. A second show, Charline von Heyl, was exhibited within the USA at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston[8][11] and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.[8][9]


Von Heyl was one of six finalists for the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize.[12] In 2010, she was a recipient of the Wex Artist Residency, in association with the Wexner Center for the Arts of Columbus, Ohio.

Art market[edit]

Von Heyl is represented by the Petzel Gallery in New York City,[13] the Galerie Gisela Capitain in Cologne, and 1301PE in Los Angeles. She began exhibiting her work in 1990, at Christian Nagel Galerie in Cologne.[14]

Public collections[edit]


  • Charline von Heyl Now or Else. Tate Liverpool and Kunsthalle Nürnberg, 2012.
  • Charline von Heyl. Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2011.[15]
  • Parkett, No. 89. Parkett, 2011.
  • Charline von Heyl Paintings 1990-2010. Les presses du réel, 2010.[16]
  • Bomb, Number 113. Bomb (Interview), 2010.[17]
  • Oranges and Sardines. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2009.[18]


  1. ^ "Charline von Heyl : CV" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  2. ^ Stephen Wallis (March 21, 2012), The Bold Work of Charline von Heyl Architectural Digest.
  3. ^ a b c d e Diane Solway (August 19, 2013), Charline von Heyl: In the Abstract W.
  4. ^ Roberta Smith (April 23, 2015), Review: Charline von Heyl, ‘Düsseldorf: Paintings From the Early 1990s’ New York Times.
  5. ^ Kirsty Bell (May 2009), Its Own Reality Archived January 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. frieze.
  6. ^ Chinati Foundation's Artist in Residence program
  7. ^ "Dallas Museum of Art". Dallas Museum of Art. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  8. ^ a b c d Kantor, Jordan (January 1, 2012), "Charline von Heyl", Artforum, (Subscription required (help)) 
  9. ^ a b Marcus, Daniel (March 1, 2012), "Charline von Heyl", Artforum, (Subscription required (help)) 
  10. ^ Jones, Catherine (March 5, 2012), "Review: Charline von Heyle, Tate Liverpool", Liverpool Echo, (Subscription required (help)) 
  11. ^ Smee, Sebastien (March 25, 2012), "Painting like there's no tomorrow: In a too-small ICA show, Charline von Heyl's works vibrate with life and pop with invention", Boston Globe, (Subscription required (help)) 
  12. ^ Carol Vogel (December 12, 2013), Steve McQueen Among 6 Hugo Boss Prize Finalists New York Times.
  13. ^ Avgikos, Jan (December 1, 2003), "Charline Von Heyl: Friedrich Petzel Gallery", Artforum, (Subscription required (help)) 
  14. ^ Charline von Heyl: Düsseldorf: Paintings from the early 90s, March 6 - May 2, 2015 Petzel Gallery, New York.
  15. ^ "Charline Von Heyl - ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia, PA". Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  16. ^ "Charline von Heyl : Paintings 1990-2010 – Les presses du réel (book)". Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  17. ^ Bonney, Anney. "BOMB Magazine: Charline Von Heyl by Shirley Kaneda". Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  18. ^ "Oranges and Sardines - Exhibitions - Hammer Museum". Retrieved 2013-10-01.