For Albert Oehlen’s solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, we designed a slender, unbound artist book that functions as an extension of the display. The John Graham Remix is a series of works dating from the 1980s until today, in which the artist reshuffles elements from Graham’s Tramonto Spaventoso (1940-49) in the tradition of abstract and surrealist painting. As the centerpiece of the exhibition, Oehlen created a site-specific installation of large-scale paintings, turning the domed heart of the gallery into a reinterpretation of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas.
In the catalogue, full-bleed reproductions of paintings and charcoal drawings are compiled into a bundle of large-format sheets to mirror Oehlen’s layered display. These matt-coated spreads are held together by a clear acetate cover screen-printed with a drawing made especially for the artists book. The title is featured on the cover and repeated on the poly bag enclosing the publication.