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Marcus Antonius Jansen at SCOPE - Art Basel Miami Beach 2010


101 EXHIBIT Presents
Marcus Antonius Jansen

3055 North Miami Avenue | Corner of NW 36th Street
November 30. - December 5. 2010


Marcus Antonius Jansen’s sweeping canvas’s will be exhibited for the second time this year by 101 Exhibit Miami. This time, during SCOPE Art Basel Miami Beach. The exhibit will take place between November 30. - December 5. 2010. Jansen has been noted in various media publications after his recent “ZEITGEIST” that drew over 1500 attendees for the opening reception at 101 Exhibit in May 2010.

Most recently he was noted in the New York Times, for his FIFA World Cup 2010 participation and art contribution and before that published in Forbes Magazine, The William & Mary Review, The Kuwait Times, Art Pulse, Art News and Art in America Magazine. His work has been included in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in International Art. Jansen’s collections include: The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, (MMOMA),The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art as well as The New Britain Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

Jansen’s work encourages discourse among viewers. Upon first glance it becomes clear that this is not something the art world has seen before. Upon secondary inspection, elements of styles the art world has seen before come forward and make themselves known. The collaged numbers and recurring symbols that permeate the canvases hint at Marcus’ upbringing in New York City, immersed and influenced in and by the Urban Graffiti movement of the 70’s. At the same time, figural, architectural, and landscape elements abound in these same works in varying degrees of realism and abstraction and they hint at a very different and perhaps more well defined school and movement influencing the work; that of the German Expressionist. That these expressionistic overtones dominate the aesthetic framework in which Jansen paints is no more of a surprise than the Graffiti laden elements found therein as Jansen split his youth between the urban jungles of New York and the more pacific West German town of Moengladbach. That he has been able to articulate something new with an amalgam of these two older languages is one of the many triumphs of Marcus Jansen as an artist.

Where Jansen succeeds with his work is where most artists fail in that where many artists are bountiful in commentary and lacking in talent to make said commentary, others fall victim to the perhaps less prevalent but more tragic opposite. Jansen, however, fits into neither category as his talent is as far reaching as his ability to critique both art, culture, and the politics and pressures of modern society like no other and to do so in a modern and hauntingly relevant manner...

A Gallery catalog will be available during SCOPE Art Basel Miami Beach.


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