John Corbett, New York, 2014.
Softcover, 68 pp., color illustrations throughout, 8.5 x 11 inches.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Albert Oehlen | Fabric Paintings, this catalogue includes both full plate images and details from a body of work never before shown as a group.
Painted from 1992 – 1996, the Fabric Paintings signaled a new direction in Oehlen’s career. He abandoned the strict, formal compositions that he had produced in his early work and instead focused on the process of painting.
Rather than utilizing pristine canvas, Oehlen gained notoriety for his use of patterned fabric. He began these works by piecing together pre-printed striped or floral-pattern material as the painting support. From these fractured surfaces the Fabric Paintings appear explosive, a true test to the limits of painting.
Accompanying the reproductions and installation photographs, the book includes the essay “Whole Cloth” by John Corbett, as well as a full annotated catalogue of works.