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Georg Herold, Albert Oehlen, Christopher Wool

March 12 – April 23, 1989

 
Albert Oehlen
Untitled, 1989
Oil and mirror on canvas
78 ?? x 98 ??
 
 
An exhibition of new work by German artists Georg Herold and Albert Oehlen, and New York artist Christopher Wool. All three of these artists, to varying degrees, question the traditionally high status and meaning of art objects. These artists exaggerate and rely on Art's preordainment to validate their absurdly symbolic and "expressive" works of art. Oehlen's paintings, Herold's sculptures, and Wool's paintings share an irreverent attitude towards different yet equally high-minded and serious subjects and institutions: Oehlen's concerns are the validity of any degree of Expressionism and the meaning of being "German"; Herold's are the explanatory seduction of diagrams and their potential as political metaphor; and Wool's are Painting's tradition as the primary artistic mode and act of communication and expression.

 

   
   
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