Jonathan Meese

1970 · Japan

Artist biography

Jonathan Meese is an established mid-career artist, who was born and brought up in Japan, like other well-known artists such as Tomoaki Suzuki, Gengoroh Tagame, Francois Chaignaud, Ruri Matsumoto, and Risaku Suzuki. Jonathan Meese was born in 1970.

About Jonathan Meese's works

Jonathan Meese's work is characteristic of the fields of Conceptual, Figuration and Abstraction. Emerging as an art movement in the 1960s, Conceptualism has attracted a significant amount of controversy and debate, usually provoking intense reactions in its audience. Conceptual art by essence implies that the idea behind the actual artwork is more valuable than the finished product itself. The research and strategies conducted by the artist represent the most important part of the work, conceptual art thus strives to be an art of the mind, instead of appealing to the senses. Although it refers to art from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s, the origins of Conceptualism can be traced back to 1917, with Marcel Duchamp and his polemical artwork Fontaine, which tried to obliterate the boundaries between art and reality. Conceptual art is not as straightforward as other movements, as it uses an interdisciplinary approach, and the productions can take the form of anything - from everyday objects to performances requiring audience participation.

Figurative art has been around since the earliest stages of visual arts, and involves any form of modern art which references the real-world or the human body, in opposition to Abstraction. Figurative art includes a significant multitude of styles, thus remaining a truly innovative and major category in which artists created critically acclaimed masterpieces, such as Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, or Paul Cézanne’s The Bathers.

Abstraction, in essence terms, means distancing or suppressing one thing from another. When it comes to the visual arts, it can be understood as creating an artwork which moves away from a true representational reference point. The movement was born in the early 20th century, and can be seen as an attempt to release the artist’s creative energy, through freedom and constant self-renewal. In abstract artworks, the object is schematised, with the use of colours and textures, thus creating a fundamentally new idea of reality. Abstract art can be traced back to Impressionism, and paved the way for a significant number of movements, including Cubism, Surrealism, or Abstract Expressionism, which is still considered to be one the most powerful contemporary art movements. Some critically acclaimed artists renowned for their contribution to Abstraction include Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, or Pablo Picasso.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit Jonathan Meese's work, including galleries in countries like Belgium, Russian Federation, and Germany. The galleries exhibiting Jonathan Meese's work include Bernier/Eliades Gallery in Belgium, Regina Gallery | Moscow in Russian Federation, as well as VogelART in Germany. Jonathan Meese's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition ARCO Madrid at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna, Austria. The exhibition was open from 26 February 2020 until 01 March 2020. Jonathan Meese's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Tim Van Laere Gallery in Antwerp (22 January 2020 - 11 March 2020) with the name Dr. 50/50FifttyMeese (Pump Away Reality) and Tim Van Laere Gallery in Antwerp (23 October 2019 - 29 November 2019) with the name Live Forever. Jonathan Meese's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Live Forever and took place at Tim Van Laere Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium from the 23 October 2019 to 29 November 2019.

Further Biographical Context for Jonathan Meese

Jonathan Meese was born in 1970 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

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