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  • Provenance

    Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin; Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

  • Catalogue Essay

    Albert Oehlen has redefined the medium of painting in an international context beyond the hype of the late seventies and eighties. The artist is not concerned with continuing and defending a traditional field of art; he rather intends to open a discourse on the panel painting vis-à-vis the new media and also vis-à-vis his personal history. Jokingly and with assumed indifference towards the form of presentation as well as with surprising shifts of meaning, comments on predominate values and ideologies within the world of art and on the classic concept of the picture. In this process, he employs both figurative and abstract elements.

  • 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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Das Gewicht der Ladung (The Weight of the Freight)

Silkscreen, oil and spraypaint on canvas.
78 1/4 x 65 7/8 in. (198.8 x 167.3 cm).

£90,000 - 120,000 

Sold for £108,500

Property from The Vanmoerkerke Collection, Belgium

3 Apr 2008, 4pm