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Join the Kemper Museum in Re-Examining Abstract Artist, Marcus Jansen

Marcus Jansen finds inspiration in the world around him. Drawing inspiration from New York Abstract Expressionism as well as graffiti, Pop art, and Surrealism, Jansen employs practices from these art forms to create paintings that make social commentary. Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, now on view at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, places the techniques and themes in Jansen’s work in dialogue with other paintings, photographs, and prints from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection. Check it out on Thursday, December 27th.

Regarded as a pioneer of “urban landscape painting,” Jansen uses his upbringing in both the United States and Germany, and places he was stationed during his time in the army, as influence for his paintings. Jansen’s mixed-media work such as Streets (2008) was inspired by Romare Bearden and Robert Rauschenberg’s use of collage and found objects.

The nearly monochromatic scene in Empty Plates (2007) parallels photographs by Robert Farber with its use of gradient color, while details found in the corner of the painting pay homage to Abstract Expressionists like Willem de Kooning—another of Jansen’s inspirations. In both Streets and Empty Plates, Jansen employs a central line to divide the composition, a technique also seen in John Steuart Curry’s Fire Diver (1934) featured in this exhibition. By including Jansen’s artistic influences and contemporaries, this exhibition highlights the visual, technical, and thematic correlations among them.

Deconstructing Marcus Jansen is the fourth in a series of exhibitions—following Francis Bacon (2013), Robert Mangold (2016), and Louise Nevelson (2018)—that focus on the style, themes, and history of individual artists within the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection. The Deconstructing series provides opportunities for meditations on the interconnectedness of artists and works of art in the Permanent Collection.

Learn more about one of the century’s most intriguing artists at this exhibit on Thursday! Admission to Deconstructing Marcus Jansen is free for all ages. Donations are welcome.

Although we provide the utmost luxury at Waterside Residences on Quivira, the premier apartments in Lenexa, Kansas, we realize that you need to get out and socialize with those in your surrounding community. This event gives you the chance to do just that! Don’t hesitate to attend today!

Event Time/Date:
Thursday, December 27, 2018—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

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