This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Albert Oehlen at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. The featured works include a group of Oehlen’s aluminum panel tree paintings, in which the artist employs a schematic version of an arboreal motif as a tool for undermining the role of identifiable images. Rendering forms in vivid, contrasting hues of red, black, white, and blue, he produces a series of silhouettes that suggest the use of design software, despite having been painted by hand in oil. Revisiting and revising a fundamental biological form, Oehlen calls into question the aims and procedures of painting and the symbolic resonance of nature itself.The oversized accordion-fold publication reproduces the sixteen paintings in the exhibition on one side and, on the reverse, Ann Goldstein’s illustrated essay “Let Your Branches Grow” and an excerpt from Georges Perec’s 1967 novel A Man Asleep.
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