Sale: 529 / Post War / Contemporary Art, June 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 209

 

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Albert Oehlen
mit André Butzer (1973 Stuttgart) und Schorsch Kamerun (d.i. Thomas Sehl, 1963 Timmendorfer Strand). Walker, 1999.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 60,000 / $ 62,400
Sold:
€ 143,750 / $ 149.500

(incl. surcharge)
mit André Butzer (1973 Stuttgart) und Schorsch Kamerun (d.i. Thomas Sehl, 1963 Timmendorfer Strand). Walker. 1999.
Oil on canvas.
Verso of the canvas signed by all three artists, as well as titled and dated. 120 x 150 cm (47.2 x 59 in).
[AR].
• Time and again, Albert Oehlen works with other artists, as is the case here with André Butzer and Schorsch Kamerun.
• For the first time shown at the group exhibiton of the three artists at Galerie Bleich Rossi, Graz in 1999.
• Martin Kippenberger, Werner Büttner, Georg Herold or Jonathan Meese are some of the other illustrious partners of Oehlen
.

PROVENANCE: Galerie Bleich Rossi, Graz.
Private collection Austria.

EXHIBITION: New Stream. Albert Oehlen, André Butzer, George Kamerun, Galerie Bleich Rossi, Graz, September 25 - Ocotber 24, 1999.

„What? / Du siehst aus wie Katakombe / Who? / Dein Look ist nicht gerade Bombe / Why? / Dafür trägst Du einen Fetisch / Me? / Dein Gelaber: mega episch.“
Lyrics, 'Katakombe', Goldene Zitronen 2019

Schorsch Kamerun, Albert Oehlen and André Butzer were represented at the Steirischer Herbst several times. Their origins can be traced back to the epoch-making year 1968. This annual festival for contemporary art has been dedicated to connecting art disciplines with each other from the very beginning and was therefore groundbreaking. In 1999, the theme was "Re-Make/Re-Model: Secret Histories of Art, Pop, Life, and the Avant-garde". The theme of the time is still explained today on the festival's website: "The main question is which investments are involved when a cultural technique coded as "avant-garde" is used - and which aesthetic, institutional-critical or representational-political surpluses can be achieved in this way today." [https://archiv.steirischerherbst.at/de/series/22641/re-make-re-model].
The joint work by Albert Oehlen, André Butzer and Schorsch Kamerun can be seen at the Steirischer Herbst 1999 in the Bleich-Rossi gallery. A strong, green, sphinx-like creature jumps through the picture, her New Wave head with a wild mane. Epaulettes indicate the cool uniform jacket. Behind it, a road leads into the distance, a diva from the realm of the YMCA-singing police officers kneels down. It poses the question of being different. Christine Fisinghelli, the festival director at the time, names the difficult question of how to deal with the other and the appropriation and exclusion of minorities, the emergence of hybrid identities and the strengthening of the body" as one of the thematic reference points. [https://archiv.steirischerherbst. at/de/editions/1999. read 6.5.22]
Oehlen, Butzer and Kamerun all grew up in the time of punk and new wave, "The New Wild Ones" were the simultaneous renewal of figurative art in Germany. In this work the three artists reflect on a past they experienced themselves. While Butzer and Oehlen are primarily visual artists, Schorsch Kamerun became known as the singer of the punk band Die Goldenen Zitronen and is now also known as a director on major stages such as the Zurich Schauspielhaus and the Munich Kammerspiele.
Today, Albert Oehlen is not only regarded as the “main representative” of “post-non-representational painting”, but also as one of those European artists who painted pictures that today are regarded the blueprint for all that is apostrophized as "worth seeing". [EH]



209
Albert Oehlen
mit André Butzer (1973 Stuttgart) und Schorsch Kamerun (d.i. Thomas Sehl, 1963 Timmendorfer Strand). Walker, 1999.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 60,000 / $ 62,400
Sold:
€ 143,750 / $ 149.500

(incl. surcharge)