Artist Talk with Gisela Carbonell and Marcus Jansen
Part of The Baker Museum Lecture Series
Marcus Jansen, artist
Gisela Carbonell, Director of Curatorial Affairs, The Baker Museum
A conversation with artist Marcus Jansen and Gisela Carbonell, director of curatorial affairs at Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. In conjunction with Jansen’s first US museum retrospective, this artist talk will explore his artistic trajectory, the overarching themes that identify his unique style and his most recent body of work, which explores the contemporary human condition. Marcus Jansen, an American, mid-career abstract artist, has been called a pioneer in redefining urban landscape painting for the last two decades.
Marcus Jansen was born 1968 in Manhattan, New York. Educated in Germany and a former soldier, Janses was discovered by the former Director of the American Vanguard Exhibitions Europe 1961, Jerome A. Donson, who referred to Jansen's work as being “reminiscent of the Ash-Can School” and coined him the “innovator of modern expressionism” in Jansen’s French published catalog in 2005. Since then, two major monographs have been published globally, both by two leading art book publishers Skira Editore Milan and Hirmer Verlag Munich. Jansen was first influenced by the graffiti and abstract expressionist movement from New York City and later by the German expressionist painters while growing up in Germany. His first solo museum exhibition took place in Italy at the La Triennale di Milano Museum in 2016. His first German solo museum exhibition will be held at the Zitadelle Museum in Berlin in 2018 followed by a series of museum exhibitions. Jansen’s works are collected in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Gisela Carbonell is director of curatorial affairs at Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. Her recent curatorial projects include The Olga Hirshhorn Collection (2016-17), New Acquisitions: In Context from the Collection of Paul and Charlotte Corddry (2016), Celebrating 15 Years of Collecting at The Baker Museum (2016) and Dressed and Undressed: Selections from the Permanent Collection (2015-16). Prior to her appointment as director of curatorial affairs, Gisela was the curator of special collections at Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. Previously, she was professor of art history and humanities at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey for almost ten years and previously, curatorial assistant at the Krannert Art Museum in Illinois. Gisela received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, a master’s in art history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.