Albert Oehlen: Woods near Oehle at The Cleveland Museum of Art, December 4, 2016 – March 12, 2017
“Albert Oehlen: Woods near Oehle examines German artist Albert Oehlen’s radical challenge
to the traditions of painting with works from the last 30 years. The exhibition’s title alludes to
Oehlen’s recurring use of the tree to test the boundaries of figuration and abstraction.
Throughout his career, Oehlen (born 1954) has created an extraordinarily unrestrained body of
work. By questioning the limits of painting and the rigors of his own artistic practice, Oehlen has
time and again offered new perspectives on what a painting can mean and look like. For these
reasons, he is considered to be one of the most important painters of our time.
To further illustrate the complex layering of methods, subject matter, and viewpoints that
constitute Oehlen’s work, the exhibition includes curatorial, musical, and written contributions
by four of his closest friends and fellow travelers: author and critic Diedrich Diederichsen,
curator Julia Sylvester, musician Michael Wertmüller, and artist Christopher Williams.” — Introductory Wall Text