Albert Oehlen has established himself as one of the leading figures in contemporary painting thanks to a continually evolving practice that focuses more on overcoming formal limitations and on experimentation than on the subject of the work. Music has played a central part in the artist s output, serving as a metaphor for his method of working in which fusion and rhythm, improvisation and repetition, and density and harmony of sounds are turned into pictorial gestures. This monograph maps out a route through the whole of Albert Oehlen s production, from his best-known works to less familiar ones and from the 1980s to the present day, with reproductions of paintings in the Pinault Collection and other major private collections and international museums
Caroline Bourgeois has been artistic director of Le Plateau, an important contemporary art venue in Paris. Currently, she is artistic adviser to Francois Pinault and has put together his collection of video art.