Albert Oehlen: New Paintings is available for online reading from April 7 through May 6 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)
Elevator Paintings: Trees
Albert Oehlen: Elevator Paintings: Trees is available for online reading from April 7 through May 6 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 is available for online reading from April 7 through May 6 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
Yellow Book Album
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 5–11pm
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)
The Extreme Present
Opening reception: Tuesday, December 3, 5–8pm
December 4–8, 2019
Moore Building, Miami
Gagosian is pleased to announce The Extreme Present, the fifth in a series of annual exhibitions at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District during Art Basel Miami Beach, presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch. The Extreme Present will explore artists’ reactions to the conditions of our accelerating and increasingly complex world. The title is inspired by The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, a book by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, published in 2015. Their provocative thesis addresses the rapidly evolving digital era, half a century after Marshall McLuhan’s groundbreaking study on technology’s influence on culture, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, in which he coined the phrase “the medium is the message.” Works in this exhibition explore concepts of media, communication, togetherness, and isolation.
The Extreme Present
Gagosian at Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées
Opening reception: Saturday, October 12, 6:30–8pm
October 12–20, 2019
Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, Paris
In celebration of FIAC in Paris, Gagosian is pleased to collaborate with Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées on a two-floor pop-up takeover featuring products related to Gagosian artists. On the first floor, the Coin Culture section will feature catalogues, posters, apparel, and audio productions. The second floor, the Library, will house an additional selection of limited-edition books, publications, and catalogues raisonnés.
Gagosian at Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, Paris, 2019
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.
Albert Oehlen in his studio, Ispaster, Spain, 2020. Artwork © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Esther Freund
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
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.
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
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.
Gagosian directors Andrew Fabricant and Sam Orlofsky discuss the recent sales trends for Albert Oehlen and where they see his market heading.
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”
00s. Collection Cranford
Les années 2000
Through May 30, 2021
Mo.Co. Contemporary, Montpellier, France
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
“Grandi quadri miei con piccoli quadri di altri”
September 5, 2021–February 20, 2022
Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland
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, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, and Christopher Wool, among others, is included.
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1997/2005 © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Lothar Schnepf
September 23, 2020–January 3, 2021
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
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
Amy Sillman—The Shape of Shape
October 21, 2019–April 12, 2020
Museum of Modern Art, New York
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
Carroll Dunham / Albert Oehlen
Bäume / Trees
November 30, 2019–March 1, 2020
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
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
October 2, 2019–February 2, 2020
Serpentine Galleries, London
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
The Foundation of the Museum
May 19, 2019–January 20, 2020
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
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
July 6–November 10, 2019
Lokremise, St. Gallen, Switzerland
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
Through September 2019
Aïshti Foundation, Jal el Dib, Lebanon
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
Albert Oehlen in
La Collection de la Fondation: Le parti de la peinture
February 20–August 26, 2019
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Seventy-five paintings by twenty-three international artists from the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s collection, dating from the 1960s to today, are on view. Work by Albert Oehlen is included.
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1992–2005, Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris © Albert Oehlen. Photo © Primae/David Bordes
Cows by the Water
April 8, 2018–January 6, 2019
Palazzo Grassi, Venice
Presenting eighty-five works created between the 1980s and 2010s, Cows by the Water reveals a syncopated rhythm between various genres and periods in Albert Oehlen’s complex oeuvre. Music emerges as metaphor of Oehlen’s working methods, where contamination and rhythm, improvisation and repetition, density and harmony become pictorial gestures.
Installation view, Albert Oehlen: Cows by the Water, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, April 8, 2018–January 6, 2019. Artwork © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Matteo De Fina © Palazzo Grassi
Albert Oehlen and Peppi Bottrop
March 1–August 12, 2018
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Line Packers” features Albert Oehlen’s computer paintings, a series that the artist began in the early 1990s, alongside Peppi Bottrop’s line-drawing paintings, which respond to the architecture of the foundation’s Lounge Gallery.
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1992/2008 © Albert Oehlen. Photo by Simon Vogel