Albert Oehlen - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, May 14, 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

  • 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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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