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André Butzer, Günther Förg, Frank Nitsche, Albert Oehlen, Christopher Wool et al.

Abstract Painting Now! (group show)
Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
2 July - 5 November 2017

André Butzer, Untitled, 2014. Photo: Johannes Plattner Courtesy the artist and Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck
André Butzer, Untitled, 2014. Photo: Johannes Plattner Courtesy the artist and Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck

Featuring some sixty different art positions, the exhibition Abstract Painting Now! will place the focus on the present-day international situation of the nonrepresentational easel painting, covering the full range of a still significant painterly practice. The historical basis of the show is the development that followed upon Abstract Expressionism, carried above all by Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke. While the former after a period of agony, in which his grey “Inpaintings” were created, turned to the beautiful and seemingly expressive, the latter used abstraction as an ironic paraphrase, thus commenting on the veracity of the brush stroke as a mark of the artist self.

Kunsthalle Krems


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Albert Oehlen

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today (group show)
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
7 February - 20 May 2018

Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2008. Collection of Bridgitt and Bruce Evans, Boston
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2008. Collection of Bridgitt and Bruce Evans, Boston

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today examines how the Internet has radically changed the field of art, especially in its production, distribution, and reception. The exhibition comprises a broad range of works across a variety of mediums—including painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video, and web-based projects—that all investigate the extensive effects of the Internet on artistic practice and contemporary culture. Themes explored in the exhibition include emergent ideas of the body and notions of human enhancement; the Internet as a site of both surveillance and resistance; the circulation and control of images and information; possibilities for new subjectivities, communities, and virtual worlds; and new economies of visibility initiated by social media.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston


Günther Förg

Günther Förg - A Fragile Beauty (solo show)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
26 May – 14 October 2018

Günther Förg, Farbfeld, 1989
Günther Förg, Farbfeld, 1989

Since the 1980s, the work of the German artist Günther Förg (1952-2013) has been the subject of a great many exhibitions, publications and critical debate. The Stedelijk Museum is preparing to stage the first major retrospective of Förg’s work since his death.

As one of the seminal figures in late 20th century German art, Förg steered a singular course between conceptual photography and the so-called ‘Becher-Schule’ on the one hand, and a more formal exploration of the boundaries between figuration and abstraction on the other.

A Fragile Beauty illuminates the richness, complexity and broad scope of his work. The show features a wide spectrum of disciplines, such as wall paintings, photography and sculpture, in addition to a significant selection of paintings created between 1973 and 2010, made on canvas, wood, aluminium and lead, among other things.

The survey will feature works from the holdings of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the estate of the artist, and international public and private collections. A number of the artworks have never previously been on public display.

The Stedelijk is developing the exhibition Günther Förg – A Fragile Beauty in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art.

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


Günther Förg

Geschenk Papier. Von Dürer bis Grosz (group show)
Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen
29 November 2017 - 1 April 2018


Albert Oehlen

Albert Oehlen and Peppi Bottrop: Line packers” (dual exhibition)
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
1 March - June 2018

Albert Oehlen and Peppi Bottrop, installation view, Marciano Art Foundation, 2018. Photo: Julian Calero. Courtesy of the artists and Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Albert Oehlen and Peppi Bottrop, installation view, Marciano Art Foundation, 2018. Photo: Julian Calero. Courtesy of the artists and Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles

The Marciano Art Foundation presents Line Packers”, a special exhibition, conceived by Cornelius Tittel, of two German painters Peppi Bottrop (b. 1986, Bottrop) and Albert Oehlen (b. 1954, Krefeld). Beginning March 1, the foundation’s Lounge Gallery will feature Bottrop’s line-drawing paintings responding to the architecture of the Lounge Gallery itself alongside works from Oehlen’s Computer Paintings, a series that the artist began in the early 1990s, which is now regarded as a turning point for contemporary painting.

Bottrop’s work is conceived as a meditation on his hometown, a once prominent coal mining and rail center in the Ruhr region. Bottrop employs charcoal—a metaphor for what once powered the world, and a nod to the now-defunct mechanical industry—in an expansive wall-drawing engraved into slabs of Fermacell, a material now replacing sheetrock or gypsum used in the construction of institutional architecture.

Oehlen’s Computer Paintings, which will be affixed to Bottrop’s walls, made between 1992 and 2008, exemplify Oehlen’s pioneering role as one of the first contemporary painters to explore the nascent capabilities and limits of drawing and line-making through the use of a now-rudimentary Texas Instruments computer. The wall-drawings and supports by Bottrop juxtaposed with Oehlen’s Computer Paintings suggest new possibilities for the line in painting. This line, embedded materially into the Fermacell walls, offers a proposition for the medium of painting to re-define itself. The two autonomous, yet mutually-dependent works establish a place of intensive communication and self-exploration, supporting one another in this single, temporary unification that looks to Wilshire Blvd. and Los Angeles, a city that is just as easily defined by its own lines of interstate and highway infrastructure.

Accompanying this exhibition will be a new text by the arts writer and science fiction novelist, Mark von Schlegell.

Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles


Günther Förg

Gemälde, Bleibilder und Werke auf Papier 1976–2007 (solo show)
Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen
10 June – 26 August 2018


Albert Oehlen

Cows by the Water (solo show)
Palazzo Grassi, Venice
8 April 2018 - 6 January 2019

Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Pinault Collection
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Pinault Collection

From Sunday 8 April 2018, Palazzo Grassi presents Cows by the water, a personal exhibition dedicated to German artist Albert Oehlen (1954, Krefeld, Germany) and curated by Caroline Bourgeois.

The exhibition lays out a path dedicated to Albert Oehlen’s production through a selection of approximately 85 works, including some lesser-known ones, created between the 1980's and today. The works brought together come from the Pinault Collection as well as from other major private collections and international museums.

Cows by the water path is not chronological but rather suggests a syncopated rhythm between various genres and periods, thereby underlining the central role played by music in the artist’s practice. Music emerges as a real metaphor of his work method, where contamination and rhythm, improvisation and repetition, density and harmony of sounds become pictorial gestures.

Albert Oehlen (1954, Krefeld, Germany) reveals himself to be a major figure of contemporary painting thanks to his artistic research in constant evolution, dedicated to experiments and to overcoming formal limits rather than to the subject represented.

The artist’s work has already be presented in exhibitions around the world, including at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana in 2017, the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2016, the New Museum in New York in 2015, the Kunstmuseum in Bonn in 2012 and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2009. 'Cows by the water' in Venice is his largest monographic one to date.

Palazzo Grassi, Venice


André Butzer

André Butzer (solo show)
Museum of the Light at Yoshii Foundation, Hokuto
July - September 2018