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Albert Oehlen: Behind The Image



Albert Oehlen: <EM>Untitled (Idiot Head)</EM> [Ohne Titel (Blödkopf)], 1988. Oil on canvas, 195 x 195 cm.Private collection, courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin/Paris. Photo: Archive Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin/Paris© Albert Oehlen.
Albert Oehlen: Untitled (Idiot Head) [Ohne Titel (Blödkopf)], 1988.
Oil on canvas, 195 x 195 cm.
Private collection, courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin/Paris. Photo: Archive Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin/Paris
© Albert Oehlen.
Albert Oehlen: Behind The Image
SPAIN
BILBOA  •  The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao  •  Ongoing
 

The contemporary pictorial style of Albert Oehlen (b. 1954, Krefeld, Germany) is an amalgam of methods borrowed from the advertising industry, Expressionist brushwork, Surrealist gesture, and computer-generated images. With his work Oehlen fuels the recurring debate begun in the second half of the 20th century about the death of painting, and he does so precisely by using painting as an expressive medium.

This exhibition, conceived as an artistic statement rather than a conventional retrospective, consists of two self-portraits and three series. The first of the series, abstract in nature, dates from the 1980s; the second comprises computer paintings from the 1990s; and the third, still in progress, revolves around the theme of trees. The show explores “the extent to which we are capable of seeing behind the image”, for although the works are formally different at first glance, these three series have a common core that unites and connects them, generating a network of interrelationships.



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