Marcus Jansen

*1968 in New York City, USA

Founder of Urban Expressionism

Marcus Jansen is considered the founder of “Urban Expressionism” and one of the most important American artists of our time. Jansen is regarded as a critical observer and commentator on our consumer society in the footsteps of Robert Rauschenberg and Jean-Michel Basquiat: “I’m very concerned with the general direction the world is taking.”

Surreal, post-expressionist, ingenious: the post-factual worlds of Marcus Jansen

In his paintings, Marcus Jansen reflects and blurs the boundary between reality and fiction, between dream and consciousness. His paintings lead us into a world that has gone off the rails, exposing supposed truths as empty words and constantly raising questions about the boundary between truth and fiction.

The fact that the word “post-thruth” was voted “Word of the Year” in the USA and the UK at the end of 2017 and its German counterpart “postfaktisch” was voted “Word of the Year” in Germany shows just how topical the answer to this question is.

“In the post-truth era, the boundaries between truth and lies, honesty and dishonesty, fiction and reality are blurring.” wrote Ralph Keyes back in 2004 in his book The Post-Truth Era. “Post-truth (…) erodes the foundation of trust that underlies any healthy civilization. When enough of us internalize fiction as fact, society loses its basis in reality… We are close to that point.”

Few artists of our time reflect this social development with as much force and relevance as Marcus Jansen, who now lives and works in Fort Myers/Florida. As a GI, he experienced the Iraq war “Desert Storm” at first hand – an experience that fundamentally shook his world view and his faith in the authorities. But it was also an experience that culminated in a new, magnificent art form.

The art book publishers Hirmer, Munich and Skira, Milan have each published a major biography of the artist.

Exhibitions and art fairs

2024:

The Voice of the People: Freedom of Speech, Rollins Museum of Art, Winter Park, Florida, USA

2023:

In the land of silhouettes, Almine Rech, Shanghai, China

It is what it Is, Richard Beavers Gallery, New York, USA

EXPO Chicago, Richard Beavers Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Germany

Art Basel, Almine Rech, Miami Beach, Florida, USA

10 Jahre – Jubiläumsausstellung, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2022:

Victims and Victors, Almine Rech, London, United Kingdom

Post-War to Present, auction, Christie’s, New York, USA

Marcus Jansen: Two Decades of Relevance, The Baker Museum, Naples, Florida, USA

2021:

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Salon de Peinture, Almine Rech, New York, USA

Un Hiver à Paris, Almine Rech, Paris, France

Power structures, Almine Rech, Paris, France

Art Paris, Almine Rech, Paris, France

June Presentation, Almine Rech, Aspen, Colorado, USA

2020:

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Orlando, Florida, USA

Metro Montage, Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia, USA

Deep Insights, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2019:

Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Aquisition, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Michigan, USA

TV Festival, Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York, USA

2018:

Art Miami, Miami, Florida, USA

Absolut Jansen, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

EXPO Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Artcrush, Casterline Goodman Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA

ABSOLUT JANSEN, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Zitadelle Museum Spandau, Berlin, Germany

2017:

Obscure Line Between Fact and Fiction, Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, USA

My collection, MOCADA Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Observation, Richard Beavers Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Galerie Jörg Heitsch, Munich, Germany

Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

Scope Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Kallmann-Museum, Ismaning, Germany

Kunsthalle Hohenaschau, Aschau am Chiemsee, Germany

POSTTRUE REALITIES, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2016:

La Triennale di Milano Museum, XXI Triennale Esposizione Internazionale, Milan, Italy

New York Academy of Art, New York, USA

Still Here – A Decade of Lazarides, Lazarides, Rathbone, London, United Kingdom

Something, Berry Campbell Gallery, New York, USA

2015:

Cityleaks Urban Art Biennale, Cologne, Germany

2014:

Museum Pinacoteca Benedito Calixto, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia, USA

The Baker Museum, Naples, Florida, USA

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, USA

Florida Contemporary, The Baker Museum, Naples, Florida, USA

Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, UNESCO, Paris, France

The Outsiders Newcastle, Lazinc Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Art 14, Lazinc Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2013:

All Florida, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Eye on the storm, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Protest, Richard Beavers Gallery, Brookyn, New York, USA

Art with a purpose, Rush Arts Gallery, Chelsea, New York, USA

Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Fort Myers, USA

Casa Delle Culture Del Mundo, Milan, Italy

2012:

Anonynmus, Museum of Contemporary Art PERMM, Moscow, Russia

Absolut Blank Campaign, NOVA Festival de Cultura Contemporanea, Brazil

2011:

Florida Contemporary, The Baker Museum, Naples, Florida, USA

2010:

FIFA Aussstellung, Berliner Kongress Center, Berlin, Germany

2009:

International Convention Centre, Capetown, South Afrcia

FDIM Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA

2008:

Warner Bros Anniversary, FDIM Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA

2006:

Under/current/over/view 8 Biennial, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida, USA

49th Festival, Société des Beaux Arts de Garches, France

12th International Print & Drawing Biennial, Angel Art Gallery, Taiwan

2005:

Arts for act, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Fort Myers, Florida, USA


Museums and collections

Fundación CALOSA, Irapuato, Mexico

The Baker Museum, Naples, Florida, USA

The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, USA

Rollins Museum of Art, Winter Park, Florida, USA

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, Florida, USA

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut, USA

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida, USA

Museum of African Art, New York, USA

Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung, Taiwan

The Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei City, Taiwan

Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, USA

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA

Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Moskau, Russia


Awards and prizes

2016:

Best local film, Fort Myers Film Festival, Florida, USA

2013:

Fleurieu Art Prize Finalist, Adelaide, Australia

Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice, Italy

2012:

United States Grand Prize, Dave Bown Projects, USA

2008:

8th. International Contemporary Art Biennale, St. Petersburg, Russia

2007:

12th. International Print & Drawing Biennale, Taiwan

Biography

New American art with German roots

Marcus Jansen was born in New York as the son of a West Indian mother and a German father. Jansen spent a large part of his youth in Germany, where he went to school and studied art and design at the vocational college in Mönchengladbach.

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