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Still from The Painter (2022), directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel

Screening and Talk

The Painter
A film by Oliver Hirschbiegel, written by Ben Becker and Albert Oehlen

Monday, June 20, 2022, 6:30pm
Curzon Mayfair, London
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 Join Gagosian and Serpentine for a screening of The Painter (2022), a docufiction film made collaboratively by Albert Oehlen, director Oliver Hirschbiegel, and writer/actor Ben Becker, featuring narration by Charlotte Rampling. The film is an artistic tour de force, taking viewers into the real and imagined mind of the artist as he struggles with the creation of a single painting. In the film, Becker (playing the role of Oehlen) improvisationally re-creates an artwork that Oehlen himself is painting in real time behind the camera.

After the screening, Oehlen and Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator and artistic director of Serpentine, will discuss the film, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. Doors open at 6pm; screening begins at 6:30pm. To attend the free event, register at eventbrite.com.

Still from The Painter (2022), directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel

Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021, installation view, Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales, Gagosian, Beverly Hills, 2021 © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Visit

Gallery Weekend LA
Frank Gehry, Albert Oehlen, Nancy Rubins

July 28–August 1, 2021
Los Angeles
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Gagosian is participating in the inaugural Gallery Weekend LA with three exhibitions. Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales and Nancy Rubins: Fluid Space, both on view at Gagosian’s Beverly Hills location, will be open for extended hours during Gallery Weekend LA (July 28: 10am–7pm; July 29–30: 10am–5:30pm; July 31–August 1: 12–6pm). Visitors can also see Albert Oehlen: Tramonto Spaventoso with an appointment, on view at Marciano Art Foundation (July 28–31: 11am–5pm). The event is organized through Gallery Association Los Angeles and galleryplatform.la and includes nearly eighty-five of the city’s leading contemporary art galleries and museums.

Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021, installation view, Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales, Gagosian, Beverly Hills, 2021 © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

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

Online Reading

Albert Oehlen
New Paintings

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)

Albert Oehlen: Elevator Paintings: Trees (New York: Gagosian, 2017)

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Albert Oehlen
Elevator Paintings: Trees

Albert Oehlen: Elevator Paintings: Trees 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 2017 exhibition Elevator Paintings: Trees at Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York, this catalogue brings together two groups of works. The Tree Paintings are permutations of an ongoing series that Oehlen began more than thirty years ago. For this iteration, he limited his palette to predominantly black and red. Using a new technical approach, the Elevator Paintings are allover polychromatic oil paintings in which the artist stages oppositions between clear contours and amorphous blurs. The book features an essay by Andreas van Dühren.

Albert Oehlen: Elevator Paintings: Trees (New York: Gagosian, 2017)

Albert Oehlen: Ö (Havana: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes; New York: Gagosian; Berlin: Galerie Max Hetzler, 2017)

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Albert Oehlen
Ö

Albert Oehlen: Ö is available for online reading from April 7 through June 5 as part of Artist Spotlight: Albert Oehlen. This book documents the artist’s first exhibition in Cuba at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, in 2017, which brought together new large-scale paintings and earlier paintings and collages. It includes an introduction by Christian Domínguez, a conversation between the artist and Jorge Fernández Torres, and a series of photographs capturing Oehlen’s travels in Cuba.

Albert Oehlen: Ö (Havana: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes; New York: Gagosian; Berlin: Galerie Max Hetzler, 2017)

Jens-Uwe Beyer and Albert Oehlen’s album, Yellow Book (2019)

Launch

Jens-Uwe Beyer and Albert Oehlen
Yellow Book Album

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 5–11pm
Iklectik, London
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Iklectik will be hosting the London launch of Jens-Uwe Beyer and Albert Oehlen’s limited-edition collaborative album, Yellow Book, copublished by Magazine and Gagosian. The event will include music from the album and visuals by Oehlen. The eight vinyl records of Beyer’s atmospheric, melodic tech-house music are stored in full cover sleeves inside a slipcase, each featuring silkscreened artwork by Oehlen. To attend the free event, register at www.tickettailor.com

Jens-Uwe Beyer and Albert Oehlen’s album, Yellow Book (2019)

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Announcements

Albert Oehlen in his studio, Ispaster, Spain, 2020. Artwork © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Esther Freund

Playlist

Albert Oehlen
Tramonto Spaventoso

Albert Oehlen has created a playlist of fourteen tracks on Spotify ranging in genres from free jazz to techno. Featuring musicians such as Steamboat Switzerland and Colin Stetson, the playlist shares the title of his upcoming exhibition at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, in which he interprets and transforms John Graham’s painting Tramonto Spaventoso (Terrifying Sunset) (1940–49). The artist discovered the work by the Russian-born American modernist painter in the 1990s and has been fascinated with it ever since.

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Albert Oehlen in his studio, Ispaster, Spain, 2020. Artwork © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Esther Freund

Still from “Albert Oehlen: Endless Possibilities of Interpretation”

Video

Albert Oehlen
Endless Possibilities of Interpretation

In this video, Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, London, and Joseph Constable, assistant curator, discuss the inspirations behind the works in Albert Oehlen’s 2019–20 exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries, and the ensemble Steamboat Switzerland performs a newly configured soundtrack inside the exhibition.

Still from “Albert Oehlen: Endless Possibilities of Interpretation”

Albert Oehlen: The History

Video

Albert Oehlen: The History
Art Basel Hong Kong 2019 Online Viewing Room

We can now see that this painting marks the exact point where all of Oehlen’s influences—de Kooning, Rauschenberg, Richter, Polke—come to a head, and how it acts as a departure point for what he will do over the next thirty years.
—Sam Orlofsky

Learn more about Albert Oehlen and the history behind this monumental 1988 painting with Gagosian directors Andrew Fabricant and Sam Orlofsky.

Albert Oehlen: The Market

Video

Albert Oehlen: The Market
Art Basel Hong Kong 2019 Online Viewing Room

We have long followed Oehlen’s work and watched it develop over time. It’s clear that we are on the verge of an upward trajectory. It’s just a perfect moment for him and this painting.
—Andrew Fabricant

Gagosian directors Andrew Fabricant and Sam Orlofsky discuss the recent sales trends for Albert Oehlen and where they see his market heading.

Still from “Albert Oehlen and Glenn Brown”

Video

Albert Oehlen and Glenn Brown

In this video, Albert Oehlen and Glenn Brown have a conversation on the occasion of Oehlen’s 2016 exhibition at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Filmed inside the gallery, the pair discuss Oehlen’s thought process behind the new aluminum-panel paintings—rendered in various combinations of red, black, blue, and white—in which Oehlen uses treelike forms as vehicles for a methodical deflation of content.

Still from “Albert Oehlen and Glenn Brown”

Still from “School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2015 Commencement Address: Albert Oehlen”

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Albert Oehlen
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2015 Commencement Address

Albert Oehlen delivered the commencement address at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. In his humorous and insightful speech, he considers the importance of freedom to artistic practice. As artists, Oehlen reminds graduates, “we are technicians of freedom, and it is our duty to make use of this privilege.”

Still from “School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2015 Commencement Address: Albert Oehlen”

Museum Exhibitions

Installation view, Raum Für Phantasievolle Aktionen: Neupräsentation Der Sammlung, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, May 8, 2022–January 31, 2023. Artwork © Albert Oehlen

On View

Raum Für Phantasievolle Aktionen
Neupräsentation Der Sammlung

Through January 31, 2023
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
www.kunstmuseum-bonn.de

This exhibition, whose title translates to Space for Imaginative Actions, celebrates the museum’s thirtieth anniversary on the Museum Mile and brings together monographic and thematic works from more than forty artists. Work by Jadé Fadojutimi, Albert Oehlen, and Gerhard Richter is included.

Installation view, Raum Für Phantasievolle Aktionen: Neupräsentation Der Sammlung, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, May 8, 2022–January 31, 2023. Artwork © Albert Oehlen

Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1997/2005 © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Lothar Schnepf

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Albert Oehlen
“Grandi quadri miei con piccoli quadri di altri”

September 5, 2021–February 20, 2022
Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland
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In this exhibition, Albert Oehlen: Big Paintings by Me with Small Paintings by Others”, select works from Oehlen’s personal art collection are on view alongside some of his most significant paintings. In staging this large-scale exhibition, Oehlen aims to make relationships perceptible between his artworks and those by artists whose practices he has long admired. Work by Richard Artschwager, Willem de Kooning, Duane Hanson, Mike Kelley, and Franz West, among others, is included.

Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1997/2005 © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Lothar Schnepf

Installation view, The 80s: Art of the Eighties, Albertina Modern, Vienna, October 17, 2021–February 13, 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Jiří Georg Dokoupil, © Hubert Schmalix, © Albert Oehlen. Photo: © Ana Paula Franco/Albertina, Wien 2021

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The 80s
Art of the Eighties

October 17, 2021–February 13, 2022
Albertina Modern, Vienna
www.albertina.at

Some consider the 1980s to be the most important decade for the art of our age. For the first time, art was no longer determined by a dominant style, such as abstraction or Pop, but rather embodied an unprecedented stylistic pluralism that was a hallmark of postmodernism. This exhibition, curated by Albertina Modern director Angela Stief, examines the variety of artistic approaches and strategies that defined the era. Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Albert Oehlen, Richard Prince, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.

Installation view, The 80s: Art of the Eighties, Albertina Modern, Vienna, October 17, 2021–February 13, 2022. Artwork, left to right: © Jiří Georg Dokoupil, © Hubert Schmalix, © Albert Oehlen. Photo: © Ana Paula Franco/Albertina, Wien 2021

Georg Baselitz, B. für Larry (Remix), 2006 © Georg Baselitz 2021

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Wonderland

May 7–September 19, 2021
Albertina Modern, Vienna
www.albertina.at

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this exhibition features more than a hundred contemporary artworks from the Albertina’s collection organized into seven different “chapters” conceived as independent yet loosely connected “worlds.”  Work by Georg Baselitz, Katharina Grosse, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Albert Oehlen, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.

Georg Baselitz, B. für Larry (Remix), 2006 © Georg Baselitz 2021

Glenn Brown, Lemon Sunshine, 2001 © Glenn Brown

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00s. Collection Cranford
Les années 2000

October 24, 2020–May 30, 2021
Mo.Co. Contemporary, Montpellier, France
www.moco.art

This exhibition of work from the Cranford Collection, established by Muriel and Freddy Salem in 1999, aims to define the identity of the 2000s by creating a dialogue between one hundred artworks by a multigenerational array of artists who contributed to shaping the beginning of the millennium. Work by Glenn Brown, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Albert Oehlen, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, Franz West, and Christopher Wool is included.

Glenn Brown, Lemon Sunshine, 2001 © Glenn Brown

Albert Oehlen, Rock, 2009 © Albert Oehlen

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Crossing Views

September 23, 2020–January 3, 2021
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

Presented in conjunction with a retrospective on Cindy Sherman, Crossing Views examines a selection of works from the collection of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, chosen in collaboration with Cindy Sherman. Echoing the artist’s work, the exhibition unfolds across two floors and is centered on the theme of the portrait and its interpretation through different approaches and media, including painting, photography, sculpture, video, and installation. Work by Damien Hirst, Albert Oehlen, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol is included.

Albert Oehlen, Rock, 2009 © Albert Oehlen

Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1989, Museum of Modern Art, New York © Albert Oehlen 

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Artist’s Choice
Amy Sillman—The Shape of Shape

October 21, 2019–April 12, 2020
Museum of Modern Art, New York
www.moma.org

In The Shape of Shape, Amy Sillman—an artist who has helped redefine contemporary painting, pushing the medium into drawing, installations, video, and zines—has created a revelatory Artist’s Choice installation drawn from the museum’s collection. The exhibition features works, many rarely seen, spanning vastly different time periods, places, and mediums. Work by Jay DeFeo, Helen Frankenthaler, Howard Hodgkin, Henry Moore, Albert Oehlen, and Christopher Wool is included.

Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1989, Museum of Modern Art, New York © Albert Oehlen 

Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2015 © Albert Oehlen/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

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Carroll Dunham / Albert Oehlen
Bäume / Trees

November 30, 2019–March 1, 2020
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
www.kunsthalle-duesseldorf.de

Within their individual self-im­posed pa­ram­e­ters Car­roll Dunham and Albert Oehlen con­tin­u­al­ly test the pos­si­bil­i­ties of paint­ing, ex­per­i­ment­ing with tech­niques, sur­faces, and struc­tures in an in­de­pen­dent manner. Nowhere is this more ev­i­dent than in regard to the sub­ject of trees, which both artists have re­peat­ed­ly in­clud­ed in their work and in­ter­pret­ed in their own ways. This exhibition brings to­geth­er large-scale paint­ings alongside draw­ings, etch­ings, and mono­types by both painters in which they ex­plore the arboreal themes in their rad­i­cal­ly in­de­pen­dent pic­to­ri­al lan­guages.

Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2015 © Albert Oehlen/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Albert Oehlen, Sohn von Hundescheisse, 1999 © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Archive Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin | Paris

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October 2, 2019–February 2, 2020
Serpentine Galleries, London
www.serpentinegalleries.org

At the center of this exhibition is an installation that forms part of Albert Oehlen’s process of interpreting the Rothko Chapel in Houston. Oehlen has made four new paintings—of the same scale and size as the four horizontal canvases by Mark Rothko found in the chapel—specifically for the exhibition. A selection of paintings by the artist from the past two decades and a newly configured soundtrack by Steamboat Switzerland are also included.

Albert Oehlen, Sohn von Hundescheisse, 1999 © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Archive Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin | Paris

Chris Burden, Exposing the Foundation of the Museum, 1986 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Squidds and Nunns

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The Foundation of the Museum
MOCA’s Collection

May 19, 2019–January 20, 2020
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
www.moca.org

To mark the museum’s fortieth anniversary, this exhibition presents a selected topography of artworks that speak to the diversity of MOCA’s collecting over the past four decades. With special emphasis on works associated with the museum’s remarkable history of exhibitions, The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection shows the institution’s holdings as shaped by a changing landscape of developments in contemporary art and curatorial focus, as well by as the social and cultural backdrops that inform them. Work by Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Albert Oehlen, Nancy Rubins, and Ed Ruscha is included.

Chris Burden, Exposing the Foundation of the Museum, 1986 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Squidds and Nunns

Installation view, Albert Oehlen: Unfertig, Lokremise, St. Gallen, Switzerland, July 6–November 10, 2019.  Artwork © Albert Oehlen

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Albert Oehlen
Unfertig

July 6–November 10, 2019
Lokremise, St. Gallen, Switzerland
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This exhibition, whose title translates to Unfinished, features a range of works by Albert Oehlen from the 1980s to the present day, including paintings and video. Additionally, Oehlen has created a new site-specific installation, based on an earlier work, for the show.

Installation view, Albert Oehlen: Unfertig, Lokremise, St. Gallen, Switzerland, July 6–November 10, 2019.  Artwork © Albert Oehlen

Albert Oehlen, Paravent 3, 2015 © Albert Oehlen

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Albert Oehlen
Trance

Through September 2019
Aïshti Foundation, Jal el Dib, Lebanon
www.aishtifoundation.com

Trance is a solo exhibition by Albert Oehlen. Oehlen is also curating a group show drawn from both the Aïshti Foundation’s collection and from his personal collection.

Albert Oehlen, Paravent 3, 2015 © Albert Oehlen

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