Albert Oehlen

Albert Oehlen - Galerie Max Hetzler

One of the most respected painters today, Albert Oehlen constantly questions the methods and means of painting to raise a sense of awareness of the medium, which he aims to reinvent and to reshape, always in opposition to traditional hierarchies. Albert Oehlen has been continually colliding various styles, orders or mediums since the 80’s, expanding the notion of painting to “what he wants to see”.

"Albert Oehlen long ago constructed the possibility of his own painting. Yet at the beginning the road seemed not merely a narrow alley, it looked like a dead end. What then? Give up and turn back? Or take a hammer and drive a tunnel through the solid amorphous mass before him? Albert Oehlen was one of the very few to take up that hammer. And when he started he struck mighty blows. It was in materials, expression, history and genre – in everything his immediate predecessors had progressively demolished with their hammers – that Oehlen stated his determination not to give in. His possibility of painting had to be built from the foundations. No gratuitous transgressions, no irony or cynicism – even if it is true that some used these terms to disparage his efforts to be free of artistic propriety. Instead Oehlen went looking where nobody else did, plunging into the piles of detritus abandoned by the wayside of an era. Then a final task remained: that of interweaving painting as history with the position of the painter and with the society out of which both painting and painter emerge in order to reflect on it.

Anne Pontégnie, The history of abstraction seemed to be finished in Albert Oehlen, Galerie Max Hetzler and Holzwarth Publications, 2011

Image: I 7, 2009, paper on canvas, 230 x 170 cm

Video on New Museum channel: Mark Godfrey on Albert Oehlen

Solo Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Matière Grise - Galerie Max Hetzler

Matière Grise

Glenn Brown, André Butzer, Jérémy Demester, Günther Förg, Raymond Hains, Charline von Heyl, Liz Larner, Navid Nuur, Albert Oehlen, Edmund de Waal

57, rue du Temple, Paris

10 June – 20 July 2017
Preview Saturday 10 June, 6 – 9pm

Selected Institutional Exhibitions

Biography

Publications

Works on Paper - Galerie Max Hetzler

Works on Paper

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris, 2016
With a poem by Howard Nemerov

€ 20,-

HALFTONE - Galerie Max Hetzler

HALFTONE

Darren Almond, Tauba Auerbach, Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke, Jeff Elrod, John Houck, Navid Nuur, Albert Oehlen, Michael Raedecker, Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille, Kelley Walker, Christopher Wool, Toby Ziegler

Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris 2014
Text by Pierre-Nicolas Bounakoff

€ 15,-

Albert Oehlen - Galerie Max Hetzler

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2014
With a text by Jean-Pierre Criqui

€ 25,-

REMEMBER EVERYTHING - Galerie Max Hetzler

REMEMBER EVERYTHING

Darren Almond, Glenn Brown, André Butzer, Rineke Dijkstra, Günther Förg, Mona Hatoum, Jeff Koons, Vera Lutter, Marepe, Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, Frank Nitsche, Albert Oehlen, Yves Oppenheim, Richard Phillips, Michael Raedecker, Bridget Riley, Thomas Struth, Rebecca Warren, Christopher Wool, Toby Ziegler

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications / Ridinghouse, Berlin and London 2014
With texts by Julie Sylvester and Jean-Marie Gallais
Edited by Jean-Marie Gallais

€ 45,-

Interieurs - Galerie Max Hetzler

Interieurs

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2013
With an essay by Michael Bracewell

€ 35,-

h.a.t. - Galerie Max Hetzler

h.a.t.

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin 2012
Edition of 300

Out of print

Albert Oehlen - Galerie Max Hetzler

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2011
Text by Anne Pontégnie
Catalogue PDF

€ 35,-

D.I.E - Galerie Max Hetzler

D.I.E

Rainald Goetz, Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2010
Artist's book with drawings by Albert Oehlen and texts (in German) by Rainald Goetz
Edition of 300, numbered

Out of print

Always There - Galerie Max Hetzler

Always There

Haluk Akakçe, André Butzer, Günther Förg, Mark Grotjahn, Arturo Herrera, Sarah Morris, Frank Nitsche, Albert Oehlen, Yves Oppenheim, Richard Phillips, Michael Raedecker, Anselm Reyle, Kay Rosen, Kelley Walker, Christopher Wool

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin 2008
Text by Gudrun Inboden

€ 40,-

Albert Oehlen 1991 2008 - Galerie Max Hetzler

Albert Oehlen 1991 2008

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, 2008
Interview with Albert Oehlen by Max Dax

Out of print

Albert Oehlen - Galerie Max Hetzler

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin 2006
Text by Katja Hesch

Out of print

Works on Paper - Galerie Max Hetzler

Works on Paper

Franz Ackermann, Haluk Akakçe, Darren Almond, André Butzer, Günther Förg, Ellen Gallagher, Mona Hatoum, Arturo Herrera, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Graham Little, Marepe, Beatriz Milhazes, Frank Nitsche, Albert Oehlen, Yves Oppenheim, Richard Phillips, Chloe Piene, Jorge Queiroz, Kara Walker, Christopher Wool

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin 2005
Text by Kirsty Bell

€ 35,-

Spiegelbilder / Mirror Paintings - Galerie Max Hetzler

Spiegelbilder / Mirror Paintings

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2005
Edited and text by Katja Hesch

€ 35,-

Spezialbilder - Galerie Max Hetzler

Spezialbilder

Jonathan Meese, Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin / Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2004

€ 35,-

Gemälde Paintings 1980-1982 - Galerie Max Hetzler

Gemälde Paintings 1980-1982

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2002
Texts by Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen and Martin Prinzhorn (german and english)

€ 35,-

Luckenwalde - Galerie Max Hetzler

Luckenwalde

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2000
Text by Christoph Tannert (german)

Out of print

Inhaltsangabe (Summary of Contents/Sumario) - Galerie Max Hetzler

Inhaltsangabe (Summary of Contents/Sumario)

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2000
Text by Albert Oehlen und André Butzer (german, english and spanish)

€ 50,-

Gemälde - Galerie Max Hetzler

Gemälde

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin 1995

€ 20,-

Gemälde II - Galerie Max Hetzler

Gemälde II

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne 1992

Out of print

Robert Gober, On Kawara, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Philip Taaffe, Christopher Wool - Galerie Max Hetzler

Robert Gober, On Kawara, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Philip Taaffe, Christopher Wool

Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne 1992
Texts by Jean-Christophe Ammann and Jerry Saltz
(german and english)

Out of print

Donald Baechler, Günther Förg, Georg Herold, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel, Terry Winters, Christopher Wool - Galerie Max Hetzler

Donald Baechler, Günther Förg, Georg Herold, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel, Terry Winters, Christopher Wool

Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne 1990 

€ 20,-

Gemälde - Galerie Max Hetzler

Gemälde

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne 1988 Text by Martin Prinzhorn (german and english)

Out of print

3 Paintings - Galerie Max Hetzler

3 Paintings

Ross Bleckner, Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel

Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne 1987

Out of print

Das Geld - Galerie Max Hetzler

Das Geld

Albert Oehlen

Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne 1986
Text by Albert Oehlen (german)

Out of print

Lacque des Hommes - Galerie Max Hetzler

Lacque des Hommes

Werner Büttner, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, Markus Oehlen

Broschüre zu einem Grafik-Portfolio,
Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne 1983

Out of print

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