Albert Oehlen: Woods near Oehle Opens Sunday, Dec. 4
Albert Oehlen: Woods near Oehle, the CMA's final centennial special exhibition, is on view in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Hall beginning this Sunday, December 4, 2016, through March 12, 2017.
In an exhibition as innovative and daring as the art it showcases, Albert Oehlen: Woods near Oehle is the most ambitious project devoted to the work of leading German artist Albert Oehlen ever presented in the United States. Developed by the CMA in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition illustrates the depth and complexity of an artist who has been at the forefront of artistic innovation since the late 1970s.
Notably, the exhibition will feature many new works, primarily Oehlen’s series of monumental Baumbilder (Tree Paintings). Over the past thirty years, the tree has served as a motif within Oehlen’s work, allowing him to test the boundaries of figuration and abstraction.
The exhibition brings together not only works by Oehlen, but contributions by some of his closest friends and other artists who have exerted profound influence throughout his oeuvre. These contributions include curatorial, musical and written works by curator Julie Sylvester, artist Christopher Williams, and author and critic Diedrich Diederichsen. These help to illustrate and contextualize Oehlen’s diverse approach to art making. In addition, Oehlen and Swiss drummer and composer Michael Wertmüller have produced a new musical piece as part of a multimedia installation that makes its debut in Cleveland.
This Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2:00 p.m., join curators Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen, founders of the Zurich exhibition space Studiolo, for an exclusive gallery talk in the exhibition as they discuss the works on view and Oehlen’s lasting influence.
Use #CMAoehlen to share your images and to join the discussion! See images of works in the exhibition below.
Bäume, 2004. Albert Oehlen (German, b. 1954). Oil and paper on wood, two sections; 265 x 385 cm. © Albert Oehlen. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Archive Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin | Paris
Untitled (Baum 57), 2015. Albert Oehlen (German, b. 1954). Oil on Dibond; 250 x 250 cm. © Albert Oehlen. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Rohner
Frau im Baum II, 2005. Albert Oehlen (German, b. 1954). Acrylic, oil, and paper on canvas; 290 x 230 cm. © Albert Oehlen. Private collection. Photo: Lothar Schnepf
Untitled, 1989. Albert Oehlen (German, b. 1954). Oil on canvas; 240 x 200 cm. © Albert Oehlen. Private collection. Photo: Archive Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin | Paris
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