Written by Massimiliano Gioni and Mark Godfrey and Anne Pontegnie, Contribution by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen
Surveying the past thirty years of his career and demonstrating his immeasurable influence on contemporary painting, Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden comprises paintings, drawings, and prints from the artist’s most important bodies of work. From the beginning of his career, Oehlen set himself the task of exploring the language, structures, and experiences of painting. He has managed to reinvigorate the genres of portraiture, collage, and gestural abstraction in work that deploys a staggering range of imagery and techniques. Oehlen’s canvases capture haunting interiors, mutating self-portraits, archaic and digital landscapes, and cryptic fragments of language. As a younger generation of artists turns again to painting as a critical medium, Oehlen’s work has only become more influential and prescient.
About The Author
Massimiliano Gioni is Artistic Director at the New Museum, New York. Mark Godfrey is a curator at the Tate Modern, London. Anne Pontégnie is a freelance curator at Le Consortium Dijon. Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen are curators and art historians: together they founded the exhibition space Studiolo in Zurich. Gary Carrion-Murayari is Kraus Family Curator at the New Museum.