Albert Oehlen - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 15, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    "There is this general image that one has of Surrealism’s big spaces and little figures, of the funny dream stuff, impossible things doing impossible things.  I like that because for me that is just the kind of crazy bullshit that is food for artists.  On the other hand I see Surrealism as the first artistic movement, or group of artists, that really intensely thought about method.  That is the main thing.  So when I talk about Surrealism, , I am more interested in Dali than Max Ernst.  I see him as the strongest person there, but all the others… the little soldiers…they also did interesting things.  Thinking about method and the other aspects they became involved in, I see these as the road to a lot of things that came afterwards.  Not Sean Scully, but I could make a connection to Jeff Koons, or to Conceptual Art.  A lot of the political stuff could be seen as sharing some thinking with the Surrealists.  I definitely see myself as linked to them--my thinking comes from there, although it looks very different." 
    A. Oehlen, in conversation with A. Tarsia, from A. Oehlen, I Will Always Champion Good Painting/I Will Always Champion Bad Painting, London, 2006



Oil on canvas.
47 1/4 x 59 1/2 in. (120 x 151.1 cm).
Signed, titled and dated "A. Oehlen O.T. 2006" on the reverse. 

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $110,500

Contemporary Art Part II

15 May 2009, 10am
New York