Josephine Meckseper

Josephine Meckseper Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Josephine Meckseper
I Love Jesus


Aluminum, Plexiglas, glass, lights, C-print, metal display stands, plastic mannequin leg, argyle sock, found jewelry, gouache and tape on inkjet print mounted on cardboard, toilet brush, feather duster, acrylic on glass ball, glass vases

226.1 x 116.8 x 45.7 cm
Josephine Meckseper makes collages and installations that reconstruct the worlds of contemporary advertising and fashion in the context of the gallery, as a way of critiquing the political implications of the iconography of consumer culture.
Josephine Meckseper
Talk to Cindy


Aluminum, Plexiglas, glass, lights, metal display stands, painted toilet plunger, ink jet print mounted on cardboard underwear box, found jewelry, gouache and tape on inkjet print mounted on cardboard, found metal scrubber, found jewelry, glass ball,

226.1 x 116.8 x 45.7 cm
In her display cases and photographs we see people and things re-objectified, symbolically removed from their original, all too familiar mediated contexts, and rearranged into self-consciously mirrored window dressing. ‘Yes, the mirror and chrome sculptures, glass-and-steel vitrines, and mirror slatwalls are not affirmations or glorifications of consumerism,’ Meckseper says. ‘Their shiny surfaces are meant as provocations for destruction. They are designed to be targets, like high-end shop windows being smashed during riots and protests. These works mimic retail aesthetics in order to activate the commercial zone into a political one.’
Josephine Meckseper
Selling Out


Window display with mixed media

78 x 148 x 35 cm
In Untitled (2005) a naked mannequin standing in front of a terrorist biography (which also appears in Selling Out, 2004) wears a hoodie and scarf, both menacing and politically charged items as well as emblems of ‘radical chic’. Issues around power, class, nationalism and gender are raised through the fetishised, cropped poses of underwear models and anthropomorphic props in Blow Up (Michelli) (2006) and Untitled (End Democracy) (2005).
Josephine Meckseper
Occident – Orient (RUG NO.3)


Mixed Fabrics

139 X 270 cm

Ubi Pedes Ibi.Patria (Where the feet are, there is the fatherland) (2006) provokes free-associative thoughts of sweatshop labour, bargain basement desperation, social homogeneity and images of shoe piles from the Holocaust. A witty take on cultural consumption, The Complete History of Postcontemporary Art (2005) is redolent with 1990s art allusions, while in Pyromaniac 2 (2003) lifestyle ideals merge with revolutionary violence in a female model on the brink of self-combustion.

Josephine Meckseper



106 x 165.5 cm

Meckseper’s politically engaged works highlight ongoing problems of corporate corruption, status anxiety, social privilege and representations of women. They are also a chilling reminder of the excesses and distortions of capitalism, which has created a world in which, she would argue, there is no separation between materialism and political ideology: we are what we buy.

Josephine Meckseper


Mannequin, fabric, found jewelry, inkjet print on fabric, acrylic and fabric on canvas.

Mannequin: 144.8 x 66 x 43.8 cm
Painting: 61 x 61 cm
Collage: 41 x 41 cm
Josephine Meckseper
Ubi Pedes Ibi. Patria. (Where the feet are, there is the fatherland)


Shoes, display carousel

153 x 83cm
Josephine Meckseper
Pyromaniac 2



101 x 76 cm
Josephine Meckseper
Untitled (Berlin Demonstration, Fire, Cops)



76 x 101 cm
Josephine Meckseper
RAF Tray



50.8 x 40.6 cm
Josephine Meckseper
Untitled (Berlin Demonstration, Police Brigade)



76 x 101 cm
Josephine Meckseper
Tout Va Bien


Mixed media in display window

160 x 250.2 x 60 cm
Josephine Meckseper
The Complete History of Postcontemporary Art


Mixed media in display window

160 x 250.2 x 60 cm
Josephine Meckseper
Untitled (End Democracy) (Detail)


Inkjet print, Plexiglas, plastic mannequin torso, metal stand, mirror on wood

144 x 122 x 122 cm
Josephine Meckseper
Blow Up (Michelli)


Mixed media in display vitrine

208.3 x 243.8 x 68.6 cm

Josephine Meckseper's Biography

Josephine Meckseper
Born in 1964, Germany
Lives and works in New York


MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

Graduate studies, Hochschule der KĂŒnste, Berlin


The Last Lot Series, Art Production Fund, New York
American Leg, Window Spaces, Contemporary Art Museum, Vancouver, Canada
Worpsweder Kunsthalle, Worpswede, Germany

Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
The FLAG Art Foundation, New York (catalogue)
Josephine Meckseper: Contaminator, ARNDT, Project room, Berlin

Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart
Josephine Meckseper , Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
2009 Josephine Meckseper, Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst MĂŒnster
Josephine Meckseper: Recent Films , Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Josephine Meckseper, John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, New York
Josephine Meckseper , Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston
american apparel , Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Josephine Meckseper , migros museum fĂŒr gegenwartskunst, Zurich (catalogue)

New Photography 2008: Josephine Meckseper and Mikhael Subotzky, Museum of Modern Art,
New York
Josephine Meckseper , Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Josephine Meckseper , Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
Josephine Meckseper , Colette, Paris
Josephine Meckseper , GAK, Gesellschaft fĂŒr Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen

Josephine Meckseper, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Josephine Meckseper , Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart

International Project Room, with Galerie Reinhard Hauff, ARCO 2006 Madrid

%, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
The Bulletin Board, White Columns, New York

IG-Metall und die kĂŒnstlichen Paradiese des Politischen, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart

Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York

Lustgarten, Borgmann Nathusius Gallery, Cologne

Shine—oder Jedem das Seine, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart

Intervention, Starke Stiftung, Berlin

Every Day is the Same, Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

Gemelli o dell’Attenzione Simultanea?, Contatto Europa Gallery, Milan


Living With Art, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart
Cultural Production, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Sharjah Biennial 10: Plot for a Biennial, Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates, curated by Suzanne Cotter Gestamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany, The Saatchi Gallery, London
NY: New Perspectives, Brandnew Gallery, Milan Geschmack: der gute, der schlechte und der wirklich teure, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
Cover Girl, Galerie des Galeries, Paris

The Exquisite Corpse Project, Gasser & Grunert Gallery, New York
Superfemmes, Rathausgalerie Kunsthalle, Munich
You’re Scripted, Gabriele Senn Galerie, Vienna
CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival , Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
Changing the World, ARNDT, Berlin
Dere Freie Wille ist Eine Illusion , Forgotten Bar Project Berlin, curated by Claudia Seidel
2010, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, curated by Francesco
Bonami and Gary Carrion-Muriyari
My Brother, My Killer , Freymond-Guth & Co. Fine Arts, Zurich
The Library of Babel/In and Out of Place , 176 / Zabludowicz Collection, London
Contemplating the Void, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
HomeLess Home , The Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem

Zeigen. An Audio Tour Through Berlin, TemporÀre Kunsthalle Berlin, Berlin
Dance in My Experience , Kunstverein fĂŒr die Rheinlande und Westfalen, DĂŒsseldorf
1989. Spione. Mauer. Kinderheim – An Der BrĂŒcke Zwischen den Welten, Villa Schöningen, Potsdam, Germany
Morality: Beautiful from Every Point of View , Witte de With, Rotterdam
1989. End of History or Beginning of the Future? Comments on a Paradigm Shift , Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; curated by
Gerald Matt
Infinitesimal Eternity—Images Made in the Face of Spectacle, Yale University School of Art Gallery, New Haven
Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; traveling to P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, curated by AA Bronson
No Soul for Sale: A Festival of Independents, Galerie im Regierungsviertel/Forgotten Bar Project Berlin at X Initiative, New
Narcotica , Galerie Im Regierungsviertel/Forgotten Bar Project Berlin, Basel
Extended. Sammlung Landesbank Baden-WĂŒrttemberg , ZKM / Museum fĂŒr Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany
FAX , The Drawing Center, New York; traveling to Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada; Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California; Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, Canada; Dowd Gallery, State University of New York, College at Cortland, Cortland, New York
Bildschön. Schönheitskult in der aktuellen Kunst , StÀdtische Galerie, Karlsruhe
MAN SON 1969. Vom Schrecken der Situation , Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Living Together , Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria Álava, Spain; traveling to Museo de Arte Contemporåneo de Vigo, Spain, curated by Xabier Arakistain and Emma Dexter

2008 Prospect.1 New Orleans, curated by Dan Cameron
Shrink-Wrapped , Or Belkin Satellite Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Strange Connections: Art und Fashion , KUNST + PROJEKTE, Sindelfingen, Germany
Constellations , Artissima, Turin, Italy, curated by Stephanie Moisdon and Susanne Pfeffer
Alternating Beats , Museum of Art - Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Asking we Walk, Voices of Resistance , Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen
Business As Usual , Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit
That Was Then
 This is Now, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
Zidovi na ulici | Walls in the Street , Siemens Arts Program, MSUB, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
Common Affairs: Steirischer Herbst 2008 , Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
Vertrautes Terrain - Aktuelle Positionen in / ĂŒber Deutschland , ZKM / Museum fĂŒr Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe
Sculpture Is
, Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany

Fit to Print: Printed Media in Recent Collage, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Bare Life , The Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem
Nouvelles Acquisitions/Volet 1, FRAC Nord – Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France
Brave New Worlds , Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, curated by Doryun Chong and Yasmil Raymond
From 60 to 7 , Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Hovikodden, Norway, curated by Frank Lubbers
An Atlas of Events , Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
Shadows in Paradise , FRAC Nord - Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France
When We Build Let Us Think That We Build Forever , The Zabludowicz Collection, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, curated by JĂ©rĂŽme Sans
New York: States of Mind , Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; traveling to The Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York, curated by Shaheen Merali
Resistance Is , Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, curated by Christina Kukielski
RendiciĂłn Extraordinaria/Extraordinary Rendition, NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona
Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art: Footnotes about Geopolitics, Market, and Amnesia , curated by Joseph Backstein, Daniel Birnbaum, Nicolas Bourriaud, Fuliya Erdemchi, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Rosa Martinez and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Just Kick It Till It Breaks , The Kitchen, New York, curated by Debra Singer and Matthew Lyons

Media Burn, Tate Modern, curated by Emma Dexter, London
Josephine Meckseper, Eric Baudelaire, Adrian Piper, Wayne Gonzales , Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society, 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, Seville, curated by Okwui Enwezor
The Searchers, EFA Gallery, New York, curated by Molly Dilworth and Amoreen Armetta
USA Today , Works from the Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London; traveling to The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Video America , The Hospital Gallery, London, curated by Neville Wakefield
Big City Lab , Art Forum Berlin, curated by Friederike Nymphius
Two Friends and So On , Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Trial Balloons , Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, MUSAC, Leon, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Agustin Perez Rubio and Octavio Zaya
Stephen Andrews, Marc Handelman, Josephine Meckseper, Tom Molloy, Steve Mumford, Barbara Pollock: This Ain’t No Fooling Around , Rubicon Gallery, Dublin
Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night , Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, curated by Chrissie Iles and Philippe Vergne
Cooling Out - On the Paradox of Feminism , Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College, Cork, Ireland; concurrently exhibited at Halle fĂŒr Kunst, Lueneburg, Germany; Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz/Basel, Switzerland

Whitney Biennial 2006, Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, MUSAC, Leon, curated by Yuko Hasegawa,
Agustin Perez Rubio and Octavio Zaya

Experiencing Duration: Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon 2005, Lyon
Die Neue Republik, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany
Girls on Film, curated by Kristine Bell, Zwirner & Wirth, New York
A.B. Normal, Nyehaus, New York
Bonds of Love, curated by Lisa Kirk, John Connelly Presents, New York
Faure & Light Gallery, Santa Monica

Heimweh: Young German Art, curated by Juliane von Herz, Haunch of Venison, London
The Future Has a Silver Lining: Genealogies of Glamour, curated by Heike Munder and Tom Holert, Migros Museum fĂŒr Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
Dresscode, Kunstverein Neuhausen, Neuhausen/Fildern, Germany
American Idyll, Greene Naftali, New York

Fuckin’ Trendy, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany
All That Glitters, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York
Girls on Film, Produce Gallery, Penrose Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia
Wheeling, Cell Project Space, London
In the Public Domain, Greene Naftali, New York
Nation, Kunstverein Frankfurt, Frankfurt
Growing Up Absurd, Post-LA Gallery, Los Angeles

Bitch School, Longwood Arts Project, The Bronx Council on the Arts, New York
Wheeling! Krad Culture, Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin

Wine, Women & Wheels, White Columns, New York

New New York, Texas Fine Arts Association, The Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, Texas
Grok Terence McKenna Dead, Feature, Inc., New York
Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York
Art Auction 2000, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Wunderbar, Art Club Berlin at W139 Gallery, Amsterdam

Overflow, D’Amelio Terras, Marianne Boesky
Gallery, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
Criss Cross—Some Young New Yorkers III, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
Free Coke—Lines, Drawing, Paper, Greene Naftali, New York
Art Club Berlin, Au Base Gallery, New York
Lifer, curated by Kenny Schachter, Cardozo School of Law Gallery, New York

Super Freaks: Post Pop and the New Generation, Greene Naftali, New York
Selective Affinities, New York Ministorage, New York
Art Club Berlin, Artforum, Berlin
Summer Show, Debs & Co., New York

Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York
Departure Lounge, Clocktower Gallery, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
Summer Show, Greene Naftali, New York
Scratch, Thread Waxing Space, New York
Intervention: Tendenzen im Schatten der Stadtplanung, Stiftung Starke, Berlin

Voyeurism, 450 Gallery, New York
Wheel of Fortune, Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York
Benefit Exhibition, American Fine Arts, New York
On the Lam, Thicket Gallery, New York
Verisimilitude and the Utility of Doubt, White Columns, New York

This Is Your Home, Stuyvesant Town, New York
Agent Artist, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
Paranoid, The Brewery Gallery, Los Angeles

Tattoo Collection, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Licht und Schein, Kubus, Kunstverein Hannover Land, Hannover, Germany

Neue DarmstÀdter Sezession, Alfred-Messel Haus, Darmstadt, Germany