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b. 1964, Germany

Josephine Meckseper Biography

Josephine Meckseper is a German artist based in New York. She studied at Berlin University of the Arts from 1986–1990, and completed her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in 1992.

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Meckseper, also publisher of the FAT Magazine, addresses questions about the politics of power and the propagation of political ideas as commodity. At the center of her work are critical observations of consumerism and the aesthetization of politics. Fascinated by the direct contrast of advertising and political reports in newspapers, her works also criticize the typical classifications of high and low culture. In her shop-windows installations and hand-sewn fabric works, which combine such things as Palestinian shawls and other left-wing insignia with fashion accessories, she asks if there is a difference between consumer articles and political symbols.

Meckseper’s work has been included in two Whitney Biennials (2006 and 2010) and the Sharjah Biennial (2011), and Gestamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany at the Saatchi Gallery, London, 2011.

Meckseper has exhibited in galleries and institutions worldwide including: FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2011); Solomon F. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2009); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2009); Indianapolis Museum of Art (2009); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2007); and Tate Modern, London (2006).

Josephine Meckseper’s work is held in private and public collections internationally including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon F. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles; The Saatchi Gallery, London; migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zurich; and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany.

Josephine Meckseper Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Josephine Meckseper contemporary artwork
Josephine MeckseperUntitled, 2013Acrylic on canvas
76.2 x 61 x 2.2 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
Untitled by Josephine Meckseper contemporary artwork
Josephine MeckseperUntitled, 2014Acrylic on denim
76.2 x 61 x 2.2 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
Untitled by Josephine Meckseper contemporary artwork
Josephine MeckseperUntitled, 2018Pigment print on anodised aluminium, acrylic paint on glass
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
Untitled by Josephine Meckseper contemporary artwork
Josephine MeckseperUntitled, 2018Pigment print on anodised aluminium, acrylic paint on glass
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
Untitled by Josephine Meckseper contemporary artwork
Josephine MeckseperUntitled, 2018Pigment print on anodised aluminium, acrylic paint on glass
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
Untitled by Josephine Meckseper contemporary artwork
Josephine MeckseperUntitled, 2018Pigment print on mirror and acrylic paint on glass
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
Memorial Day II by Josephine Meckseper contemporary artwork
Josephine MeckseperMemorial Day II, 2007Acrylic on canvas
152.4 x 121.9 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire
Untitled by Josephine Meckseper contemporary artwork
Josephine MeckseperUntitled, 2013Acrylic on mirrored panel
76.2 x 61 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire

Josephine Meckseper Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Josephine Meckseper, Pellea[s] at Timothy Taylor, London
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11–23 March 2020 Josephine Meckseper Pellea[s] Timothy TaylorLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Josephine Meckseper, Scene VI at Timothy Taylor, New York
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24 January–9 March 2019 Josephine Meckseper Scene VI Timothy TaylorNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A New Way of Walking at Timothy Taylor, New York
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29 June–27 July 2018 Group Exhibition A New Way of Walking Timothy TaylorNew York

Josephine Meckseper Represented By

Timothy Taylor contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Timothy Taylor London, New York

Josephine Meckseper In Ocula Magazine

Taipei Biennial: Planet Earth Defence Command Ocula Feature Taipei Biennial: Planet Earth Defence Command By Sam Gaskin, Taipei

Like the Earth itself, the debate about what to call the current geological epoch is getting heated. For 11,700 years, since the end of the last ice age, we’ve been living in the Holocene, the temperate climate in which human civilization has thrived. But Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen argues that now mankind has become the most...

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Josephine Meckseper In Related Press

What shows to see during FIAC in Paris next week Related Press What shows to see during FIAC in Paris next week 14 October 2016, Whitewall

Do yourself a favour: next week during FIAC, wander beyond the walls of the Grand Palais. Paris is a scattered city that has a lot of art to offer, everywhere. In the face of the infinite exploring options, the following list should provide some assisted guidance. Enjoy!

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