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Albert Oehlen

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Krefeld, Germany

Birth year

Lives in
Cologne, Germany & La Palma, Spain

Works in
Cologne, Germany & La Palma, Spain


Albert Oehlen is a German artist. He is closely associated with the Cologne art scene, he was a member of the Lord Jim Lodge along with Martin Kippenberger among others. His art is related to the Neue Wilde movement.

According to Patrica Ellis, "Proclaiming there's no viable role for painting today, Albert Oehlen's work focuses exclusively on exposing art's failures. Borrowing from the tropes of traditional abstract painting, Oehlen readily subverts art's lofty idealism. Using traditional forms and techniques, he conceives a contemporary dialogue of criticism based on the possibilities of creative function rather than aesthetics. In a modern world where painting is considered dead, Albert Oehlen reinvents its life as a manic zombie state: mutated, funny and ideologically dangerous."

Oehlen has shown work internationally in many exhibitions including Grounswell at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Provins – Legende at Museet for Samtidskunst in Roskilde and Spiegelbilder 1982-1985 at Max Hetzler in Berlin.

Recent Exhibits

Albert Oehlen participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2015 Curator Tour: Sophie Drewett
Zabludowicz Collection
Jun, 2015 "Home & Garden" Annex
Gagosian Gallery @ Park & 75
Jun, 2015 Rawhide
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Jun, 2015 Das Medium der Fotografie ist Berechtigt, Denkanstösse zu Geben
Contemporary Fine Arts
Jun, 2015 Sprayed: Works from 1929 to 2015
Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street
Jun, 2015 Home and Garden
New Museum
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Zabludowicz Collection Gagosian Gallery @ Park & 75
Corbett vs. Dempsey Contemporary Fine Arts
Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street New Museum
Galerie Max Hetzler - Paris Galerie Max Hetzler (Bleibtreustraße)
Galerie Max Hetzler (Goethestraße) Skarstedt Gallery - Chelsea
Hannah Hoffman Gallery Skarstedt Gallery - Upper East Side
21er Haus IPCNY International Print Center New York
International Print Center New York LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
David Nolan Gallery Gagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills
David Zwirner- 525 W. 19th David Zwirner 537 W 20th
David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Galerie Max Hetzler (Oudenarder Straße) Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris / ARC
Galerie Michael Haas La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale)
Gagosian Gallery - Geneva Martin-Gropius-Bau
Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA NOMI) Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong
ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston) Centre culturel suisse de Paris
Luhring Augustine - Chelsea Gagosian Gallery - 980 Madison Ave.
Kunstmuseum Bonn Künstlerhaus Bethanien
Galerie Nathalie Obadia Thomas Dane Gallery
Honor Fraser Galerie CRONE
Carré d'Art - Musée d'Art Contemporain Stuart Shave/Modern Art
Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève Manila Contemporary
Gerhardsen Gerner SCREENING
Torrance Art Museum Patrick Painter Melrose Gallery
2nd Cannons John Berggruen Gallery
Mitchell-Innes & Nash - 26th St. Perry Rubenstein Gallery - W. 23rd St.
curated with these artists
Albert Oehlen has curated with these artists:

Richard Artschwager Ashley Bickerton
Malcolm Morley Andreas Schulze
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Albert Oehlen has curated at these venues:

Sprüth Magers Berlin 20 Galleries in Vienna
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