ALBERT OEHLEN, RUDOLF STINGEL, CHRISTOPHER WOOL et al.

Together, at the Same Time (group show)
de la Cruz Collection, Miami
2022–2023

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Installation view: Together, at the Same Time, 2022–2023, courtesy of the de la Cruz Collection
Installation view: Together, at the Same Time, 2022–2023, courtesy of the de la Cruz Collection

Works by Albert Oehlen, Rudolf Stingel, and Christopher Wool are included in Together, at the Same Time. The annual exhibition at the de la Cruz Collection brings together paintings, sculpture, and site-specific works from Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz’s private collection. More than four dozen artists are represented.

de la Cruz Collection

Installation view: Together, at the Same Time, 2022–2023, courtesy of the de la Cruz Collection
Installation view: Together, at the Same Time, 2022–2023, courtesy of the de la Cruz Collection

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ALBERT OEHLEN

Malerei: Selected Works from the Collection (solo show)
Espace Louis Vuitton, Beijing
24 May – 27 October 2024

Installation view: Malerei: Selected Works from the Collection, Espace Louis Vuitton, Beijing, 2024 © Adagp, Paris 2024, photo: Sun Shi / Louis Vuitton, courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton
Installation view: Malerei: Selected Works from the Collection, Espace Louis Vuitton, Beijing, 2024 © Adagp, Paris 2024, photo: Sun Shi / Louis Vuitton, courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton

Albert Oehlen: Malerei features six paintings made by the artist over thirty years from Fondation Louis Vuitton’s collection: Untitled (1992–2005), Mission Rohrfrei (1996), Rasieren (2005), Rock (2009), Untitled (2017) and Ömega Man 23 (2022). The works – many of which are on view for the first time – are presented as part of the Fondation’s Hors-les-murs, a programme which introduces the collection to international audiences in major cities. The presented selection reveals Oehlen’s long and boundary pushing engagement with the history of abstract painting.

Espace Louis Vuitton

Installation view: Malerei: Selected Works from the Collection, Espace Louis Vuitton, Beijing, 2024 © Adagp, Paris 2024, photo: Sun Shi / Louis Vuitton, courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton
Installation view: Malerei: Selected Works from the Collection, Espace Louis Vuitton, Beijing, 2024 © Adagp, Paris 2024, photo: Sun Shi / Louis Vuitton, courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton

CHRISTOPHER WOOL

See Stop Run (solo show)
101 Greenwich St, entrance on Rector St, New York
14 March – 31 July 2024

Photo: courtesy of © Christopher Wool, 2024
Photo: courtesy of © Christopher Wool, 2024

See Stop Run, a survey of Christopher Wool’s works from the past decade organised by the artist with curator Anne Pontégnie, opens in March 2024. The exhibition takes place on the entire 19th floor of an unoccupied space in the heart of the financial district. Wool has chosen an independent venue in order to escape the presumed neutrality of the 'white cube' as an idealised context. The city permeates the presentation through windows that wrap around the full 18,000 square foot installation.

Situating Wool’s work within a specific context, where the art and its environment interact, the exhibition emphasises the artist’s complex image-making process and the interconnectivity between mediums: painting, sculpture, photography and mosaic. This is Wool’s largest exhibition since 2014 and will run 14 March – 31 July 2024. The show is free and open to the public with hours Thursday – Sunday from 12 – 6 pm. Capacity is limited to 75 persons at a time.

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Photo: courtesy of © Christopher Wool, 2024
Photo: courtesy of © Christopher Wool, 2024

ALBERT OEHLEN

Albert Oehlen (solo show)
Friedrichs Foundation, Weidingen
27 August – 17 December 2023

Installation view: Albert Oehlen, Friedrichs Foundation, Weidingen, 2023, photo: Günzel | Rademacher
Installation view: Albert Oehlen, Friedrichs Foundation, Weidingen, 2023, photo: Günzel | Rademacher

When Albert Oehlen set out as a painter in the late 1970s, it was a time out of joint. Given German history, terrorism, 'No Future,' and Nineteen-Eighty-Four as well as the permanent threat of all-out nuclear war, painting could not pretend that the world was safe and sound. As the world shattered, so did painting. As all symbols, signs, and means were damaged and devoid of meaning, he unmasked painting in all its dubiousness. How is one to tell authentic gesture from blunt reproduction, genuine emotion from a disillusioned readymade copy? Oehlen accepts the shattering and transforms it into the basis of his painting. He invents an overtly fragmented image, which is as disoriented as the reality, in which it partakes. Traces, stimuli, and after-images of reality flash stroboscopically across his canvases. It is through this attitude that he has achieved an exceptional degree of painterly liberty, With each new image, he updates and renews the possibilities and impossibilities of painting, thereby granting an appropriate form to a diffuse reality. 

For the first time, Albert Oehlen has created an expansive all-over installation, spanning the entirety of the Friedrichs Foundation’s exhibition hall, into which 12 paintings have been playfully integrated.

Friedrichs Foundation

Installation view: Albert Oehlen, Friedrichs Foundation, Weidingen, 2023, photo: Günzel | Rademacher
Installation view: Albert Oehlen, Friedrichs Foundation, Weidingen, 2023, photo: Günzel | Rademacher

ALBERT OEHLEN

Ömega Man, 2023 (outdoor sculpture) 
Stiftung zur Förderung Zeitgenössischer Kunst in Weidingen / Rodenhof
On view from 15 July 2023

Albert Oehlen, Ömega Man, 2023, photo: def image
Albert Oehlen, Ömega Man, 2023, photo: def image

Albert Oehlen’s monumental sculpture Ömega Man, 2023, is now on view to the public in Weidingen, where it emerges from the vast landscape of the Südeifel. Its simplified form and slightly raised steel bars, recessed into their concrete casting, evoke the lightness of a drawing. Here, the persistent importance of the line in Oehlen’s work becomes evident, appearing simultaneously curved and controlled. In this work, the artist uses elements which are both abstract and figurative to critically examine the history and conventions of contemporary art, all the while continuing to acknowledge the importance of classical models. Massive yet fragile in its isolation, Oehlen's Ömega Man appears like a monument from the future. Omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet, is here written with an umlaut, thereby referring to the artist’s own name. 

Stiftung zur Förderung Zeitgenössischer Kunst in Weidingen

Albert Oehlen, Ömega Man, 2023, photo: def image
Albert Oehlen, Ömega Man, 2023, photo: def image

CHRISTOPHER WOOL

Crosstown Traffic (installation)
Two Manhattan West, New York

Christopher Wool, Crosstown Traffic, 2023, © Christopher Wool
Christopher Wool, Crosstown Traffic, 2023, © Christopher Wool

Crosstown Traffic, a new large-scale mosaic by Christopher Wool, is now permanently installed in the lobby of Two Manhattan West across from Moynihan Station in New York City. The mosaic, at 28 by 39 feet, is the artist's first in the medium and his largest artwork to date. Wool’s work is presented alongside a new stainless-steel sculpture by artist Charles Ray, both of which were commissioned by Brookfield Properties.

Christopher Wool, Crosstown Traffic, 2023, © Christopher Wool
Christopher Wool, Crosstown Traffic, 2023, © Christopher Wool

ALBERT OEHLEN

The Painter, a film by Albert Oehlen, Oliver Hirschbiegel and Ben Becker

© 2020 by Albert Oehlen, Oliver Hirschbiegel and Ben Becker
© 2020 by Albert Oehlen, Oliver Hirschbiegel and Ben Becker

Under the direction of Oliver Hirschbiegel, actor Ben Becker on screen impersonates the contemporary painter Albert Oehlen and re-creates a painting that Oehlen himself and in parallel is creating step by step in the background, with the actor improvising the process in front of the camera. The finished on-screen painting is an original “Oehlen” on which the artist himself never laid hands. The off screen blueprint painting was destroyed after principal shooting had finished.

Originally planned to be a performative statement the projects developed into a fully fledged feature film of 92 minutes, crossing formal boundaries and questioning the meaning of the creative process and the struggle for authenticity on various levels.

The Painter follows the artist / actor as he is struggling and suffering along this process with us watching in joyful despair and what might happen next until the white canvas has turned into a finished painting.

The outcome is a one-man rollercoaster that appears to be a documentary but in fact is a staged and guided improvisation with the “real” process happening behind the camera. The Painter is a constant flow of the artist’s journey with elements of farce and comedy topped with emotional moments of truth...in front of and behind the camera and leaving it up to us to decide what is real and/or authentic.

Watch the trailer here.


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© 2020 by Albert Oehlen, Oliver Hirschbiegel and Ben Becker
© 2020 by Albert Oehlen, Oliver Hirschbiegel and Ben Becker