Jonathan Meese

German, b. 1970


Exploring such themes as revolution, the failures of ideology, and the role and power of art, Jonathan Meese’s wryly bombastic installations, paintings, sculptures, and performances emerge from the notion of the “Dictatorship of Art,” as he calls it. Having appointed himself its representative, Meese inserts his own image into most of his works, personifying characters from popular culture as well as those of his own devising, according himself cult status. Distinguished by an anarchic tone and Meese’s distinctive heavy metal aesthetic, the exhibition entitled “HOT EARL GREEN SAUSAGE TEA BARBIE (FIRST FLUSH)” (2011) featured paintings and prints, including a profusion of self-portraits, as well as magazine photo collages, large-scale installations, and bronze sculptures of monstrous human figures in the throes of hellish agony.

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Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Solo show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and 1 more
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 6 more
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Included in a major biennial
Performa, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Jonathan Meese
Articles Featuring Jonathan Meese
The 15 Best Booths at Frieze London and Frieze Masters
Oct 3rd, 2019
The Art World’s New Pre-Hong Kong Destination
Mar 24th, 2018
Jonathan Meese’s Irreverent Canvases Reimagine Sports
Jan 7th, 2016
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