“FM 38,” a 2011 painting by renowned artist Albert Oehlen, currently is on public display in the President’s Office reception area in Main Hall at The University of Montana.
The painting is on loan to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture through a private collection and will be on display through May 10. The painting can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except during University holidays.
Born in Krefeld, Germany, in 1954, Oehlen graduated from the Hamburg School of Visual Arts in 1978 after studying with Sigmar Polke. He’s regarded as one of the most important protagonists of German neo-expressionist painting, a style typified by expressive brush strokes, ironic subject matter, aggressive use of color and provocative titles.
Since the 1970s, Oehlen’s artwork has centered on artistic collaborations with other artists to create a diverse body of work, including paintings, drawings, collages, installations, stage designs, graphic designs, photomontages and sound work. Oehlen was a member of the Cologne-based arts collective “Lord Jim Lodge,” a self-described secret society of artists named after a Joseph Conrad novel whose aim was to form “a society of men in genuine opposition to thought and behavior patterns.” It included artists Martin Kippenberger, Jörg Schlick, Max Gad and others.
Oehlen has had solo exhibitions at Hamburg Deichtorhallen (1994); the Kunsthalle Basel (1997); the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strasbourg (2002); the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris (2009); and a retrospective at Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, Italy (2009). He is a professor of art at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and is represented by the Max Hetzler Gallery in Berlin and the Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York City.
For more information, call the museum at 406-243-2019 or go to its website at http://www.umt.edu/montanamuseum.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Digital images of Oehlen’s painting “FM 38” are available by calling Shawn Whitworth at 406-243-2019 or emailing email@example.com.