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Albert Oehlen
New Paintings

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6pm
Gagosian, Hong Kong

Gagosian senior director Han-I Wang will lead a tour of Albert Oehlen’s first exhibition in Asia, a series of new paintings in watercolor on canvas. In these works, Oehlen emphasizes the importance of spontaneity within his artistic method. Oehlen’s use of watercolor in this series diverges from his recent works created with oil or lacquer on aluminum or the aluminum composite Dibond, and marks a stylistic return to his hazy, blended, almost impressionistic oil paintings dating from 2016 and earlier. To attend the free event, RSVP to hktours@gagosian.com. Space is limited.

Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2019 © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Jeff McLane

Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2019 © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Jeff McLane

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Albert Oehlen: New Paintings is available for online reading from April 7 through June 5 as part of Artist Spotlight: Albert Oehlen. Published on the occasion of the artist’s first exhibition in Asia, in 2019, this volume presents a series of new paintings in watercolor on canvas. Emphasizing the importance of spontaneity within his artistic method, Oehlen’s decision to use watercolor marks a stylistic return to his hazy, blended, almost impressionistic oil paintings dating from 2016 and earlier. The catalogue features a text by Christian Malycha, as well as photographs of the works in process, and is bilingual, in English and Chinese.

Albert Oehlen: New Paintings (Hong Kong: Gagosian, 2019)

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