Albert Oehlen - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Luhring Augustine, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Luhring Augustine, Albert Oehlen, 1 May – 5 June, 2004; London, Whitechapel Gallery, 7 July – 3 September, 2006; Bristol, 30 September – 26 November, 2006, Albert Oehlen: I Will Always Champion Good Painting

  • Catalogue Essay

    Oehlen’s style of abstraction is a little strange, a little ugly, but then very beautiful and moody too. Looking at Absteigende Heisse Strahlen (Descending Hot Rays), a quiet grisaille painting, one might imagine it describes a theatrical moment – a dancer doing a soft-shoe with a bucket over his head. It is both whimsical and pensive. Perhaps I’ve over determined the subject matter. Did I see it that way immediately or only after several long looks? Is it really there, or have I imagined it? I have no idea. For painting to be this slippery, this evanescent, it’s got to be good. J. Avgikos, ‘Albert Oehlen: Luhring Augustine’ in ArtForum, 1 September, 2004


Absteigende Heisse Strahlen (Descending Hot Rays)

Oil on canvas.
280 x 299.3 cm. (110 1/4 x 117 7/8 in).
Signed and dated ‘A.Oehlen 03’ on the reverse.

£120,000 - 180,000 ‡♠

Sold for £132,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm