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  • Provenance

    Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    With his thick and vivid brushwork, Albert Oehlen’s Stueck is a prime example of the artist’s newer body of work. Staying loyal to his large scale canvases and vigorous style, Stueck is an amalgamation of figuration and abstraction and a seminal work in the artist’s self-coined period of "post-nonrepresentationalism". Taking on a distinguished colour palette of bright and dark colours, Oehlen has created a monumental painting of vanishing and re-appearing forms. With his chaotic horizontal and vertical brushstrokes, Oehlen deliberately obliterates anything recognisable, placing the canvas in a bubble of uncertainty and differing perceptions.

    Consequently, by obscuring the painting’s surface, his vigorous brushwork only allows the viewer to momentarily decipher any possible subject matter. Oehlen abandons his viewer in what appears to be a collaged surface of paint. With his disjointed pictorial vocabulary, Oehlen literally ‘locks’ his viewers into the painting’s fragmented surface. He presents a web of unobtainable or definite information, yet simultaneously encourages his viewers to appreciate the juxtaposition between figuration and abstraction and the visual pleasure when placed together.

  • 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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Stueck (Piece)

Oil on canvas.
110 x 133 3/4 in. (279.4 x 339.7 cm).
Signed and dated “ A. Oehlen 03” on the reverse.

£150,000 - 200,000 ≠ ♠ †

Sold for £144,000

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm