Albert Oehlen, ‘I 28’, 2011, Gagosian

One of the most well-respected contemporary painters, Oehlen is characterized by his work’s diversity—of method, palette and genre. Recalling the methods of the Surrealists, Oehlen often moves spontaneously between seemingly contradictory processes, such as collage and color field painting.

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

Exhibition Highlights

2016
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Freja Harrell, 
New York,
Miami Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Gagosian Grosvenor Hill

Group Shows

2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Freja Harrell, 
New York,
Miami Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Gagosian Grosvenor Hill
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at Seattle Art Fair 2015
2015
Gagosian - Lidia Andich, 
Seattle,
Seattle Art Fair 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at SP-Arte 2015
2015
Gagosian - Nick, 
Central,
Art Basel Hong Kong 2015
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