Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Robert Eikmeyer, Harald Falckenberg, Doris Mampe, Christine Penetsdorfer, Sebastian Preuss, Daniel Schreiber, Roland Schöny, Veit Ziegelmaier.
Over the past 20 years, German painter, sculptor, performance and installation artist Jonathan Meese (born 1970) has explored themes of ancient myths, heroic epics and history (particularly that of Germany). This catalogue is the most comprehensive retrospective of his provocative work.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Doede Hardemann, Doris Mampe. Foreword by Benno Temple. Text by Lynne van Rhijn.
“To express yourself in art is horrible,” German artist Jonathan Meese (born 1970) once said. In this volume, he proves his point with a body of work that consists exclusively of self-portraits ranging from graffitied photos to collages, and paintings both realistic and abstracted, until their subject, himself, loses its personal significance.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Björn Egging. Text by Björn Egging, Friederike Fast.
Over the last 15 years, German artist Jonathan Meese (born 1970) has created around 100 printed works, which are presented here in their entirety along with a formal catalogue raisonné of his print production. The large-format lithographs, etchings and woodcuts generally depict effigies, which serve both as metaphors of cultural history and the alter ego of the artist.
Published by Walther König, Köln/Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin.
New York artist Dash Snow’s death in July 2009, two weeks before his 28th birthday, sent waves of grief through the art world and prompted numerous homage exhibits and events. In 2007, Snow had visited Berlin for his exhibition The End of Living, the Beginning of Survival, held at Contemporary Fine Arts. Photographers Jan Bauer, Bruno Brunnet, Jochen Littkemann, Franziska Sinn and Lutz Weinmann were on hand to record the visit, and for this homage fanzine/artist’s book, the German multimedia artist Jonathan Meese has selected from their photographs to memorialize and celebrate his friend. Meese collages abstract geometrical paper shapes, scrawls comments, adds big globs and splashes of paint to the images of Snow in Berlin, rendering the chaotic, prolific creative energies of both Snow and himself in a defiant visual eulogy.
Published by DuMont Buchverlag. Text by Oliver Kornhoff, Daniel J. Schreiber, et al.
This volume collects the complete sculptural work of Jonathan Meese—which tend to quickly spill over into paintings, installation, video and collage. Meese is the maker of his own cosmos, which is inhabited by Caligula, Stalin, the Marquis de Sade, Richard Wagner, Balthus and Dr. No, to name only a few. Pursuing this cosmos, Meese has now rediscovered Atlantis and here reaches “The Arch-State of Atlantisis.”
Berlin-based performance and multimedia artist Jonathan Meese strikes against “creativity” as a fashionable form of exclusive self-actualization via a storm of propaganda consisting of almost 400 collages and belligerent hand-illustrated manifestos. The book's title suggests a proclamation of the most ultra-radical utopia of all time, what its maker terms a “Dictatorship of Art.”
This may be Jonathan Meese's most insolent and confrontational artist's book to date. With the nihilism of the disenfranchised, and a hint of play, Meese relentlessly rages against all historical and contemporary social orders, declaring them failed and henceforth completely redundant. The accompanying DVD presents Meese's live performance and declaration of the Dictatorship of Art.
In a torrent of collages, drawings, photos of the artist and bold Teutonic graphics, Jonathan Meese's Totale Neutralität expresses his dream of a utopian "dictatorship of art," with the credo that "art must be more radical than reality, then the evil spirits don't stand a chance." This artist's book includes a DVD showing Meese at work, installing an exhibition and in his studio in Berlin.
Published by Walther König/Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin.
In this well-documented artist's book related to his 2007 performance De Frau (The Woman), the radical young artist and "cultural exorcist" Jonathan Meese elaborates on why theater is central to his work. Text and handwritten notes in German only.
Published by Walther König/Contemporary Fine Arts.
In his early drawings from the 1990s--with their energetically-rendered juxtapositions of text and image--German artist Jonathan Meese gave voice to a particularly contemporary strain of abjection: “Soon I’ll have a lot to say, sorry,” reads one. “I feel like I’m shuddering all over,” declares another. And a third is helpfully labeled, “This is someone burning from the inside out.” Continuing in this vein, Meese’s captions illustrate hundreds of works--created on his mother’s living room floor while he was in his twenties, with the cheapest available materials. They feature Expressionistic figures with distorted features--and, though drawn with great urgency, feel very delicately composed. As seen together in this volume, the importance of these drawings emerges. They are the angst-filled foundation of Meese’s mature work--a tortured mélange of installation, sculpture and performance that is infamously contentious and internationally renowned.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Robert Fleck. Text by Yves Aupetitallot, Aeneas Bastian, Robert Fleck, Fabrice Hergott, Vibeke Knudsen, Veit Loers, Friedrich Meschede, Karel Schampers, Susanne Titz.
This collection of paintings, sculptures and collaborations including stage sets for a production of Frank Castorf's Kokain is the first comprehensive survey of Meese's major incursions into the German art scene. The artist was born in Tokyo, lives in Berlin and has shown at the Tate Modern.