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  • Provenance

    Galerie Samia Saouma, Paris
    Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
    Thomas Dane Gallery, London
    Private Collection, United Kingdom (acquired from the above in 2006)
    Sotheby's, New York, March 5, 2015, lot 79
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, London, June 29, 2016, lot 156
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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394

Untitled

signed and dated "A Oehlen 93" lower right
ink and watercolor on paper
18 1/8 x 12 7/8 in. (46 x 32.7 cm.)
Executed in 1993.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $32,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018