Albert Oehlen
Epreuves d'Artiste: Prints 1984 - 1989

‘Albert Oehlen. Epreuves d'Artiste: Prints 1984 - 1989’ is one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Albert Oehlen's printed oeuvre, uniting 43 Artist's Proofs made using various techniques around the time Oehlen was emerging internationally, among the prints some very large drypoints.

Presented here, the subjects approached in the earlier works of 1984 are portraits of emotionless and stern figures. The woodblocks of 1985 show interest in architecture, as well strained figures and the bold simplicity of objects like a chair and a table.

In the later works from 1989, including the Untitled series of Trees, small inscribed faces hang like baubles on sharp, wiry branches. This theme speaks more broadly for Oehlen's oeuvre, in which the study of trees are central to his practice. 

In other prints of the same period, in which the imagery is less obvious. In the diptych, a comic format strip separates images of the Eiffel Tower, portraits, water taps, birds flying, and abstracted forms. This body of work comes from the series ‘Estrechiamento de mente’ (Narrow-minded), a phrase we see in a text-based work alongside other words as ‘coffee’, ‘brake’, ‘bitch’, and ‘wake-up’, on a deconstructed box.

Oehlen, Albert
Untitled
Drypoint on Hahnemühle mould made paper.
Size of plate: 66.2 x 49.7 cm. Size of sheet: 79 x 56 cm.

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Oehlen, Albert
Untitled
Drypoint and letterpress print on Hahnemühle mould made paper.
Size of plate: 66.2 x 49.7 cm. Size of sheet: 79 x 56 cm.

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Oehlen, Albert
Untitled
Drypoint on Hahnemühle mould made paper.
Size of plate: 66.2 x 49.7 cm. Size of sheet: 79 x 56 cm.

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Oehlen, Albert
Untitled
Drypoint on Hahnemühle mould made paper.
Size of plate: 66.2 x 49.7 cm. Size of sheet: 79 x 56 cm.

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Oehlen, Albert
Hey, mercy!
Drypoint on Hahnemühle mould made paper.
Size of plate: 66.2 x 49.7 cm. Size of sheet: 79 x 56 cm.

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Oehlen, Albert
Untitled
Drypoint on Hahnemühle mould made paper.
Size of plate: 66.2 x 49.7 cm. Size of sheet: 79 x 56 cm.

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Oehlen, Albert
Schön russisch nach Norden
Drypoint with chine-collé on Hahnemühle mould made paper.
Size of plate: 66.2 x 49.7 cm. Size of sheet: 79 x 56 cm.

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Oehlen, Albert
Untitled
Drypoint with chine-collé on Hahnemühle mould made paper.
Size of plate: 66.2 x 49.7 cm. Size of sheet: 79 x 56 cm.

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