• Marcus Jansen (American, born 1968)
    Streets, 2008
    oil, enamel, collage on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Gift of the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust, 2009.28.01.

    © 2018 Marcus A. Jansen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, courtesy Unit A Studio and Residency LLC
    Photo: E.G. Schempf, 2018

    Marcus Jansen (American, born 1968)
    Streets, 2008
    oil, enamel, collage on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Gift of the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust, 2009.28.01.

    © 2018 Marcus A. Jansen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, courtesy Unit A Studio and Residency LLC
    Photo: E.G. Schempf, 2018

  • Installation view
    Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, November 16, 2018–September 15, 2019
    Sally Kemper Wood Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

    Installation view
    Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, November 16, 2018–September 15, 2019
    Sally Kemper Wood Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Arthur Tress (American, born 1940)
    Wall Street Panic, 1992, from the series Requiem for a Paperweight

    Cibachrome print on paper, edition 2 of 50, 15 x 15 inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Gift of Drs. Antonio and Luz Racela, 1999.05.18.

    © Arthur Tress
    Photo: E.G. Schempf, 2018

    Arthur Tress (American, born 1940)
    Wall Street Panic, 1992, from the series Requiem for a Paperweight

    Cibachrome print on paper, edition 2 of 50, 15 x 15 inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Gift of Drs. Antonio and Luz Racela, 1999.05.18.

    © Arthur Tress
    Photo: E.G. Schempf, 2018

  • Installation view
    Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, November 16, 2018–September 15, 2019
    Sally Kemper Wood Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

    Installation view
    Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, November 16, 2018–September 15, 2019
    Sally Kemper Wood Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Marcus Jansen (American, born 1968)
    Empty Plates, 2007
    ​oil, enamel, collage on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Gift of the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust, 2009.27.01.

    © 2018 Marcus A. Jansen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, courtesy Unit A Studio and Residency LLC
    Photo: E.G. Schempf, 2018

    Marcus Jansen (American, born 1968)
    Empty Plates, 2007
    ​oil, enamel, collage on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Gift of the R. C. Kemper Charitable Trust, 2009.27.01.

    © 2018 Marcus A. Jansen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, courtesy Unit A Studio and Residency LLC
    Photo: E.G. Schempf, 2018

  • Installation view
    Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, November 16, 2018–September 15, 2019
    Sally Kemper Wood Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

    Installation view
    Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, November 16, 2018–September 15, 2019
    Sally Kemper Wood Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Arthur Kraft (American, 1922–1977)
    Soldier with Death before a Carousel, ca. 1944–45
    graphite and oil on poster board, 12½ x 15¾ inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Gift of Paul Uhlmann Jr. in loving memory of his wife Barbara L. Uhlmann, 2004.19.01.

    © Arthur Kraft Estate

    Arthur Kraft (American, 1922–1977)
    Soldier with Death before a Carousel, ca. 1944–45
    graphite and oil on poster board, 12½ x 15¾ inches

    Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri,
    Gift of Paul Uhlmann Jr. in loving memory of his wife Barbara L. Uhlmann, 2004.19.01.

    © Arthur Kraft Estate

  • Installation view
    Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, November 16, 2018–September 15, 2019
    Sally Kemper Wood Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

    Installation view
    Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, November 16, 2018–September 15, 2019
    Sally Kemper Wood Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Deconstructing Marcus Jansen

Friday, November 16, 2018 to Sunday, September 15, 2019
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Marcus Jansen (American, b. 1968) finds inspiration in the world around him. 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. 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. This exhibition places the techniques and themes in Jansen’s work in dialogue with other paintings, photographs, and prints from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection.

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). 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. Deconstructing Marcus Jansen is curated by Jade Powers, assistant curator at Kemper Museum.

Exhibition Checklist

Artists featured in this exhibition include:

Romare Bearden     Byron Browne
John Steuart Curry
Willem de Kooning   Jim Dine
Robert Farber     Stephen Greene
Marcus Jansen     Arthur Kraft
Barbara Kreft     Roy Lichtenstein
Robert Rauschenberg     James Rosenquist
David Smith     Arthur Tress

To discover more about the works in Deconstructing Marcus Jansen, download the exhibition checklist:

Deconstructing Marcus Jansen Exhibition Checklist (PDF)