Ride the Wild explores the relationship between three renegades of the European and American avant-garde: Albert Oehlen, Franz West, and Christopher Wool. These artists were shaped by the radical urban scenes of their youths—post-punk Berlin, Actionist Vienna, and No Wave New York—and subsequently became key progenitors of the ‘punk’ sensibility now prevalent in contemporary art. Ride the Wild will consider their shared emphasis on practical and formal dissent, inherited from their respective backgrounds and developed in ways that resonate yet remain unique. Taking a rare installation by Oehlen, Untitled (2005), as its starting point, and featuring landmark works from the 1980s to the present day, the exhibition marks the first instance Oehlen (b. 1954), West (1947–2012), and Wool (b. 1955) will be exclusively presented together.
Albert Oehlen Franz West Christopher Wool
Ride the Wild
Lévy Gorvy London
October 2 – November 28 2019