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  • 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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Untitled

2009
Digital print, on Archival Photo Carton paper, the full sheet, from the deluxe edition with the accompanying book Oehlen, a monograph with contributions by Roberto Ohrt, Klaus Kertess, Martin Prinzhorn and John Corbett, all contained in the original orange cloth-covered clamshell box.
S. 25 5/8 x 19 3/4 in. (65.1 x 50.2 cm)
The print signed and dated in pencil on the front, and numbered 57/100 on a label affixed to the reverse in black ink (there were also 20 artist's proofs), the book signed by the artist in ink on the title page, copy 57 of 1,100 and 100 artist's proofs, published by Taschen, New York.

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$800 - 1,200 

Sold for $1,188

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New York Auction 26 October 2016