Screening and Talk
A film by Oliver Hirschbiegel, written by Ben Becker and Albert Oehlen
Monday, June 20, 2022, 6:30pm
Curzon Mayfair, London
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
Gallery Weekend LA
Frank Gehry, Albert Oehlen, Nancy Rubins
July 28–August 1, 2021
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 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)
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 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
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.
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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.
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Gagosian at Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, Paris, 2019
Albert Oehlen Invites Steamboat Switzerland and Lorenzo Senni
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 7pm
Serpentine Pavilion, London
To celebrate the opening of his major solo exhibition at Serpentine Gallery in London, Albert Oehlen has invited the ensemble Steamboat Switzerland and experimental musician Lorenzo Senni to create an evening of music inside the Serpentine Pavilion. To attend the event, purchase tickets at www.serpentinegalleries.org.
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1993 © Albert Oehlen
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2019 © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Jeff McLane
February 8–March 9, 2019
420a North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 10am–6pm
For this pop-up exhibition presented by Gagosian, Albert Oehlen will create a large-scale, site-specific wall drawing—his sprawling, erratic lines activating the space, which can be entered or viewed from the street. The exhibition will also be open Sunday, February 17, 11am–5pm, to coincide with the gallery’s presentation at Frieze Los Angeles.
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Installation view, Albert Oehlen: Wall Drawing, Beverly Hills, February 8–March 2, 2019. Artwork © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Jeff McLane
December 6–10, 2017
Moore Building, Miami
On the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach 2017, Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch are pleased to present Abstract/Not Abstract, their third collaboration at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. One of the great innovations of modernism, abstract painting continues to inspire and challenge artists. To make a fresh abstraction today following all the remarkable achievements of the School of Paris and the New York School is a daunting proposition. Yet through the use of innovative approaches, techniques, and technologies, this generation of artists is creating complex and astonishing new work that revitalizes the abstract tradition. Abstract/Not Abstract will include work by contemporary artists who redefine abstraction for our time.
Steven Parrino, Untitled, 1988 © Steven Parrino