London

London

Albert Oehlen

Whitechapel Gallery
77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
July 7–September 3, 2006

Curated by Martin Clark and Andrea Tarsia

Albert Oehlen has wittily bastardized painting’s lofty pretensions for decades. Now the good object of “bad” German painting is getting his first major UK survey. Some fifty works from the last twenty years will sprawl throughout the Whitechapel and Arnolfini, displaying the range of Oehlen’s “post-nonrepresentational” practice. Abstract and large collage paintings will hang at the Whitechapel, while poster works, smaller collages, and computer and additional abstract paintings go on view at the Arnolfini in the fall. His gray paintings are shared between the two sites of this co-organized retrospective—a good thing, since these works, more than almost anything else in Oehlen’s ouevre, push the limits of representation to the point of exquisitely absurd failure. The triumph of painting, indeed. On view at the Arnolfini, Bristol, Sept. 30-Nov. 26.