Albert Oehlen, ‘Computer Painting ’, 1998, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Variations: Conversations in and around Abstract Painting at LACMA from August 24, 2014–March 22, 2015

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Margo Leavin

About Albert Oehlen

Albert Oehlen, alongside artists like Martin Kippenberger, came to prominence as part of Hamburg's prodigious art and music scene in the 1980s. In the late ‘80s, he began to challenge the expectations of conventional abstract art in works he deemed "post-non-figurative." Focusing on the process of painting, Oehlen's work is marked by constraints he sets for himself, such as using only certain colors, integrating mirrors into his canvases, working collaboratively (notably with Jonathan Meese), and employing computers to generate designs. He studied with Sigmar Polke and was also influenced by Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, and Willem de Kooning.

German, b. 1954, Krefeld, Germany, based in Hamburg, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland