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  • Provenance

    Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna

  • Catalogue Essay

    Frequently compared to Jean-Michel Basquiat, both for his aggressive application as well as his incorporation of textual and symbolic elements along with figurative forms into single works, the work of Jonathan Meese also brings to mind a synthesis of early modern Spanish and German Expressionism influences. The artist supercedes a limiting self-awareness by flaunting, to the point of parody, the taboos and graven images represented in the present lot, Dr. Lilithyr (General Tanz Sautanz, s.v.p.) from 2005. .

    While patently stripped of reverence or sentiment, Meese skirts a sophomoric result as the maturity and calculation inherent to the composition make themselves clear. With a sepulchral, voodoo-like deity as the central element, the present lot nevertheless pulsates with energy and life. The artist’s achievement is considerable, retaining as he does a unique and readily identifiable style, positioning the present lot solidly amid its numerous competing memes.

55

Dr. Lilithyr (General Tanz Sautanz, S.V.P.)

2005
Oil, shellac, plastic wig, hairbrushes, leather, and bell on canvas.

82 1/2 x 55 x 7 in. (209.6 x 139.7 x 17.8 cm).
Initialed and dated "J. M. 2005" lower right; signed, titled and dated "Dr. Lilithyr General Tanz Sautanz, S.V.P. J. Meese 2005" on the reverse. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a photograph signed by the artist.

Estimate
£30,000 - 40,000 

The Marino Golinelli Collection

Collection
13 October 2007, 1pm
London