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  • Provenance

    Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

  • Catalogue Essay

    Discordant yet refined, [Oehlen’s] abstract paintings are those of an artist in the process of shedding his chrysalis of irony. Looking for vitality in a supposedly atrophied form, Oehlen employs a protean repertoire covering nearly every form of mark-making—drips and doodles, washes and blurs, spray-paint swirls and elaborated brushstrokes—frenetically set into structured grids of white canvas. Hard-edge abstraction and painterly gestures merge with hints of representation, their opacity and murkiness alluding to, but never completely cohering into, legible motifs. This ambiguity is enhanced by the lack of a unifying visual element.
     (João Ribas, Albert Oehlen, in: Time Out, issue 577, October 2006)

  • 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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Silkscreen, lacquer, spraypaint and oil on canvas.
82 1/2 x 114 in. (209.6 x 289.6 cm).
Signed and dated "A. Oehlen 92/05" on the reverse.

£120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for £204,500

Property from The Vanmoerkerke Collection, Belgium

3 Apr 2008, 4pm