Markus Oehlen: 2009-2019
By: Edited by Bärbel Grässlin, Christof Kerber, Christian Malycha. Text by Matthew Bowman, Elisabeth Bushart, Erich Gantzert-Castrillo, Bärbel Grässlin, Gregor Jansen, Christof Kerber, Christian Malycha, Markus Oehlen, Niels Olsen.
Markus Oehlen (1956) is one of Germany’s most unmistakable painters. As an anarchic pictorial inventor, since the 1980s he has revolted against any visual convention and aesthetic convenience. Due to his integration of digital techniques and the contemporary reservoir of images, he creates stunningly hybrid paintings. Collage-like fragments of art history and popular culture interfere with each other. Abstraction and figuration swiftly blend into one another. With the utmost freedom, Oehlen expands the possibilities of today’s painting in his both daring and calculated pictorial experiments.
Markus Oehlen, brother of artist Albert Oehlen, was a former leader of Germany’s Neue Wilde movement, an anti-establishment group initially formed in the 1980s in opposition to avant-garde, Minimalist, and Conceptual art. The group, which also included the painter Martin Kippenberger, favored expressive painting with vibrant colors and bold brushstrokes. Oehlen takes samples from punk and pop culture in his paintings, appropriating found imagery and employing a range of different techniques including silkscreen, photocopying, and printing. His images occupy a space between figuration and abstraction: forms shift in and out of focus in multilayered compositions, and pixel-like elements reference digital imagery. Oehlen is also an abstract sculptor and a musician. – Artsy.net
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Kerber Verlag (28 Aug. 2020)
Product Dimensions: 24.77 x 2.54 x 30.48 cm