May 14, 2020

Albert Oehlen at Serpentine Gallery

Albert Oehlen's exhibit at Serpentine Gallery in London took advantage of the unique dome space with four brand new paintings (that are also my favorite).
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About the Exhibit

Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London

Albert Oehlen’s exhibit was on view at Serpentine Gallery in London from October 2nd 2019, to February 2nd, 2020. The exhibit featured works Oehlen created from the 1980’s until the present. 

Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London
Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London

If you haven’t been to Serpentine Gallery - one of it’s most unique architectural features is its dome space in the center of the building. Oehlen created four paintings, specifically to accent this unique space. 

Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London
Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London
Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London
“Oehlen’s site-specific response to the Serpentine Gallery follows his interest in extending the internal logics of his paintings to the sites in which they are exhibited. It is this significance of architecture that results in unique installations that have a distinctly mutable relationship to space.” - (source)
Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London
Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London
“I am not interested in the idea of staging my work in a space specifically conceived for it. I think that art should adapt to the architecture or fight with it.’ - Albert Oehlen (source)
Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London

I personally think these works were my favorite and made the show really special. Oehlen’s only getting better with age, and really perfecting his craft. 

Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London
Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London

About the Artist 

Albert Oehlen was born in 1954 in Germany. He’s been painting for the past four decades. 

Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London
“Qualities that I want to see brought together: delicacy and coarseness, color and vagueness, and, underlying them all, a base note of hysteria.” — Albert Oehlen
Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London

He’s represented by the following galleries: 

Skarstedt Gallery - New York 

Galerie Max Hetzler - Berlin/Paris/London

Gagosian - Everywhere

Albert Oehlen  at Serpentine Gallery in London
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