Albert Oehlen - Contemporary Art London Thursday, June 21, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne; Private collection, Germany

  • Catalogue Essay

    Albert Oehlen aims to demystify the process of painting by continuously redefining the boundaries between figurative and abstract art. While conscious of the classical rules of painting he rejects these theories of color and composition to expose their limitations. His paintings are an expression of his thoughts on art as a medium. As Oehlen explains, “For me, paintings is just one of many ways of making art. So I can romp around in it. And now that I’m having fun with it, I can take its postulates very seriously.” (D. Diederichsen, The rules of the game: Diedrichsen Visits Albert Oehlen, Artforum, November 1994, p 71).

  • 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 (Geometry Tools)

Oil on canvas.
47 1/4 x 51 in. (120 x 129.5 cm).
Signed and dated “Albert Oehlen, 1982” on the stretcher.

£40,000 - 40,000 

Sold for £42,000

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm