Albert Oehlen: New Paintings
This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Albert Oehlen: New Paintings at Gagosian, Beverly Hills. In these works, Oehlen mixes abstraction with figuration, layering and juxtaposing images, gestures, and genre conventions to investigate the continued possibilities and resonances of painting. Some of the works allude to landscape; others combine collaged fragments of signs and magazine advertisements with informal painterly gestures, awkward drawings, and crude cartoons. A series of aluminum panel paintings rendered in red, black, and white pictures the silhouettes of trees in a flattened style suggestive of digital cut and paste, while the Finger Paintings incorporate advertisements that Oehlen has painted over with his hands, as well as with brushes, rags, and spray cans, to narrate an unresolved tension between man- and machine-made imagery.
The publication reproduces the eighteen works in the exhibition, along with details and installation photography, and features an interview with the artist by Alexander Klar; a photo essay by Esther Freund; and “Be the Dead Tree: On Albert Oehlen’s Paintings,” an essay by Daniel Baumann.