Albert Oehlen: Painting
Edited by Achim Hochdörfer. Foreword by Karola Kraus. Interview by Daniel Richter, Rochelle Feinstein, Kerstin Stakemeier, Hal Foster, Achim Hochdörfer.
Four decades after he first burst onto the international art scene in the early 1980s, Albert Oehlen (born 1954) remains among the most influential and controversial painters of the present. Operating between figuration and abstraction with vigor and energy, Oehlen relentlessly critiques painting’s history, its clichés and its relationship to the imagery of the advertising and pop industries--all within the medium itself (rather than in another art form). Reproducing 110 works, this volume, designed by Heimo Zobernig, takes something of an artist’s book approach to Oehlen’s oeuvre, emphasizing its methodological complexity, vitality and conflicts. Alongside an interview between Oehlen and fellow painter Daniel Richter, this catalogue contains conversations on the implications of Oehlen’s work between Rochelle Feinstein and Kerstin Stakemeier, and between Hal Foster and Achim Hochdörfer.