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

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  • Provenance

    Luhring Augustine, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    It may take a little more than a cursory glance to realize, but Oehlen’s recent paintings do a bad job of posing as the abstract expressionist works for which they could easily be mistaken. As a set of conventions, painting has come to accommodate a broad and contradictory range of techniques. The use of silk-screen, pre-printed fabrics, drips, smacks, smears and smudges have assumed a place alongside painting’s more traditional methods, materials and time honored skills such as draughtsmanship, color theory, composition and handling of surface. But all of these conventions are still at the service of style. No matter how abstract, a painting still maintains an internal logic based on a set of repeated characteristics or combination of conventions which become a code allowing us to read the work. H. Walker, The University College of Chicago, Albert Oehlen, 1995


Östliche Nackte (Eastern Nude)

Silkscreen ink and oil on canvas.
190.5 x 270.5 cm. (75 x 106 1/2 in).
Signed, titled and dated ‘A. Oehlen “Östliche Nackte” 96’ on the reverse.

£150,000 - 200,000 ‡♠

Sold for £228,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm