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  • Provenance

    Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

  • Exhibited

    Vienna Secession, Albert Oehlen, November 26, 2004 - January 30, 2005; Paris, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Albert Oehlen, May 21 - July 13, 2005

  • Literature

    A. Südbeck, Albert Oehlen: Secession, Vienna, 2004, p. 5 (illustrated); A. Carmignac, “Albert Oehlen,” Paris art, 2005 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Albert Oehlen’s oeuvre articulates an unbounded pleasure in making pictures, a calm carefreeness in dealing with the conventions of art— and an ability to expand these conventions, to bend and break them. Oehlen’s radical artistic thinking and practice make possible pictures that are compelling but inexplicable, that defy clear analysis. The source of his ideas and materials thus remain in the gray area not unlike that offered by the internet: the suggested closeness of the individual to the download is lost amid the anonymous mass of users. Albert Oehlen’s works display an openness to painting and painters, past and present, who are confronted in his canvases with a fully formulated but constantly changing position. The speed at which the outlines, paint, and structure seem to be flung into the picture matches the restlessness of their content as it spreads, changes and disperses, the fact that the artist is forever rethinking and reshaping his own position and output is what makes an encounter with his work so exciting. M. Herrmann, “Proposal,” Albert Oehlen: Secession, Vienna, 2004, p. 93

  • Artist Biography

    Albert Oehlen

    Albert Oehlen is a German contemporary artist whose work explores the capabilities and failures of painting in the age of postmodernism. His deconstructed artworks reduce painting to a discordant mixture of its constituent elements—color, gesture, motion, and duration—and celebrate the resulting disharmony as an artistic expedition to the frontiers of the abilities of painting. Oehlen began his career in the art scenes of Cologne and Berlin, becoming associated with the Junge Wilde artists who sought to create works that defied classification and disrupted the artistic status quo. He has carried this sense of rebelliousness into his mature career with works that incorporate digital technologies as well as more traditional media. Oehlen’s paintings are marked by inherent, gleeful contradictions, always wielded with a cavalier confidence in the artist’s prowess – his uncooperative fusions of abstraction and figuration, for example, expose the inefficiencies of each art mode and explore the function of painting as much as its meaning.

    Oehlen has attracted critical praise befitting the innovative nature of his work, and he has been the subject of several major exhibitions at institutions such as the Mumok, Vienna and the New Museum, New York. He lives and works between Bühler, Switzerland.

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Palmen (Palms)


Oil and paper collage on canvas in two parts.

104 1/2 x 151 in. (265.4 x 383.5 cm) overall.

$220,000 - 280,000 

Sold for $241,000

Contemporary Art Part I

15 May 2008, 7pm
New York