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Albert Oehlen | “I think art is really shit.”

August 9, 2011

“I’m interested in very simple things.  In the last few years, I’ve been particularly concerned with evidence–with not seeing anything in the painting other than what’s actually there.  Nothing is codified–a mess is just a mess.  I want an art where you see how it’s made, not what the artist intended, or what the work means, but what has been made, the traces of production.”

“The idea of a decisive subject is a long-running absurdity in what we call art.  I think art is really shit; on the other hand, I find the occupation of artmaking beautiful and correct–the individual’s possibility of pulling the wool over people’s eyes.”

Albert Oehlen


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