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A work made of screen print, acrylic and oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of screen print, acrylic and oil on canvas.




Albert Oehlen
German, born 1954

About this artwork

Albert Oehlen is known for anti-authoritarian work that attempts to reassess the role of painting in postwar Germany. Untitled is from a series that the artist began in the late 1990s, in which he used basic computer technology to “draw” gesture. After printing these already-mediated images, enlarging and silkscreening them onto canvas, he painted over them—either erasing lines and shapes with white paint, extending marks with black brushstrokes, or adding spurts of spray paint. Exploring the dichotomy of the virtual and the handmade, these hybrid paintings raise questions about what constitutes freedom and control, addressing the intimate relationship between computer technology and human labor.


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Contemporary Art


Albert Oehlen



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Made 1997


Screen print, acrylic and oil on canvas


245 × 190.5 cm (96 1/2 × 75 in.)

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Promised gift of Donna and Howard Stone

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