Radical and magical, graphic and ecstatic, Albert Oehlen’s work has been called an ‘artistic freedom machine.’ His abstract paintings are amongst the best we’ve ever seen, looking delicious and delirious at once, teeming with chaotic and hypnotic cross-references that become an awe-inspiring painterly tsunami. Stare into his visceral volcanoes, collages and doodles and they come at you really hard.
Colliding Martin Kippenberger, Zane Lewis, Markus Lüpertz and plenty of alluring elements, Oehlen’s brilliant and brash paintings pop in carnivorous and cool ways. His brush strokes, smudges and digitally-inspired imagery resemble swollen skin after a bee sting, suffused with happy hypnotic hues, purple haze, magenta, acidic textures and mutations seen under a microscope.
Blending bits of nihilism, new age abstraction and Neo-Expressionism with pretty punky speculations, his compositions constitute a vast consciousness unto itself. To celebrate his unbelievable oeuvre, author Hans Werner Holzwarth has teamed up with the maverick to create an expansive and erudite monograph. Featuring more than 400 paintings, a cool collab with John Corbett, heaps of tantalizing tidbits and artistic thing-a-ma-jigs, this book will inspire and enlighten you. To quote from the book, “Albert Oehlen transforms the conceptual into the compositional, at once invigorating and challenging the viewer.” Check out VIVISXN’s exclusive sneak peek below and pick up the book here.
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