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.

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