Jonathan Meese - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since his first show in 1998, Jonathan Meese has been exploiting cultural taboos: drawing inspiration from German Expressionism, a movement coined by the horrors of war and social discontent, Meese is known as a self-proclaimed cultural exorcist and cult figure. His works are largely dominated by neo-shaman and excessively ritualistic influences, combing a variety of signs and symbols, pictures, texts, objects and word-creations that deal with every imaginable power figure as well as great historical thinkers and heroes from film and fiction. Meese creates his own universe, detached from the norm. To him, “art is born but then it’s totally independent. It does what it wants to do,” (Jonathan Meese in conversation with Helene Nyborg Andersen for the Statens Museum for Kunst X-rummet, October 12, 2005) consequently creating its very own laws and rules.


Noël Coward is Back XXI (Tintenfisch und Pilzsuppe)

Oil and photo collage on canvas.
82 1/2 x 54 7/8 in. (209.6 x139.5 cm).
Initialed and dated “JM 2005” on face; Signed, titled and dated “JMeese 06 Noël Coward is Back XXI (Tintenfisch und Pilzsuppe)” on the reverse.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £48,000

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm