Marcus Jansen receives The Aesthetica Art Prize 2012 in York, UK

Art Press Release. Published by anonymous on Thursday 14 February 2013.

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Marcus Jansen to be exhibited in UK's Aesthetica Art Prize’s First Major Exhibition this Spring

Fort Myers resident Marcus Jansen is to be featured in an international art show in the UK this spring as the Aesthetica Art Prize launches its first major exhibition in the historic city of York. Selected from over 3000 entries, the native of New York City earned his place in the Aesthetica Art Prize

Jansen’s striking piece “Imminent Threat”, 108×72″ oil enamels on canvas painted in 2012, was shown at the South Hampton Art Fair the same year with his Miami Gallery 101/Exhibit before being selected for the Award. The work will be juxtaposed with the medieval setting of York St Mary’s in an exhibition which challenges the notion of the “white cube” and delivers a unique experience. This new visual context showcases Jansen’s work alongside other international rising stars of the art world in a major event. Jansen’s Public collections include The Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art PERMM, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art and the Smithsonian Institution. He was also recently the Winner of the Dave Bown Project 5th Semi-Annual Award, who’s previous participating artists included Chuck Close, Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly.

Organised by Aesthetica Magazine, the international art and culture publication, the Art Prize is a showcase for contemporary artists internationally. Anticipating the success of the Aesthetica Art Prize’s inaugural exhibition, Cherie Federico, Editor of Aesthetica Magazine and Art Prize judge, explains what the show represents for her: “I am delighted to bring these artists’ works to the city. Moreover, the nature of many of the pieces comments upon life in the 21st century, evoking a deeper meaning, and reflection of the world in which we live.”

The Aesthetica Art Prize has been a fantastic opportunity for up-and-coming names in international contemporary art to gain recognition for their work in the past. With this being the first year that the Art Prize has produced an exhibition, there is an added sense of promise and excitement surrounding Marcus’s work and the success his may experience subsequently.

Previous entrants include Julia Vogl, who after winning the Aesthetica Art Prize last year went on to win the Catlin Art Prize, was shortlisted for New Sensations – Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s Prize – and has exhibited at Zabludowicz Collection.
Other notable entrants include leading modern expressionist and 2011 finalist Marcus Jansen, who joined a legacy of artists by featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns, and Bernat Millet, finalist in 2012, who has also been shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

World renowned British sculptor and Art Prize judge Kate MccGwire was impressed by the level of talent exhibited this year and is confident that we’ll be seeing more of these artists in the future: “I feel honoured to have been invited to judge the Aesthetica Art Prize; it has been a privilege to experience the breadth of work that the contemporary art scene has to offer and I look forward to seeing the development of these gifted artists over the coming years.”

The impressive list of judges who selected Jansen for this year’s longlist includes influential art figures and curators: Cherie Federico, Editor of Aesthetica Magazine; Laura Turner, Curator at York Art Gallery; Frances Guy, Head of Collection and Exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield; Kate MccGwire, internationally renowned British Sculptor and Neeta Madahar, acclaimed British photographer represented by the Purdy Hicks Gallery, London.

The exhibition is a unique chance to view the international breadth of work entered into the Prize, and appreciate the range and quality of current artistic practice. The works highlight modern concerns, ranging from the environment and capitalism to traditional views on women and marginalised communities. Free admission provides exclusive access to this year’s longlist, including entrants from the USA, South Korea, Australia, Denmark and the UK. As well as being projected within the space, Marcus will also feature in the accompanying Aesthetica Art Prize publication, on sale at the exhibition, online and at select galleries nationwide.

A Free Public Talk Programme will accompany the show, with speakers including 2011 winner Julia Vogl, who will discuss her practice and the works on display, and Editor of Aesthetica Magazine, Cherie Federico, who will provide an exclusive insight into the selection process.

York St Mary’s is open from 10am-4pm and admission is free. For more information visit or