And yet, for them trees are an opportunity for pure painting, a place for tireless experimentation, a test case for the untapped potential of an ancient analogue medium.
Ultimately it is about the question of the abstraction of the world, and thus for Dunham and Oehlen nothing less than the visual meaning of life in art.
The exhibition is a production of the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and is curated by Gregor Jansen and Cornelius Tittel in close cooperation with the artists. Carroll Dunham / Albert Oehlen: Bäume / Trees brings together large-scale paintings spanning three decades and also presents recently created works. These are supplemented with drawings, etchings, and monotypes by both painters in which they explore the subject of trees in their radically independent pictorial languages.
To accompany the exhibition, a richly illustrated catalog with texts on the work of both artists is published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König in Cologne.
The exhibition will later be shown at the Sprengel Museum in Hanover from June to Octobre 2020.
Idea: Cornelius Tittel
Curated by Gregor Jansen and Cornelius Tittel