JONATHAN MEESE, Nabob zu Nabob = D.A.F. (Menschheit), 2000 [edition Texte zur Kunst]

JONATHAN MEESE, Nabob zu Nabob = D.A.F. (Menschheit), 2000
130 x 60 x 8 cm
plastic shopping bag, text on paper and mixed media: collage with colour photo, red paint, one dollar banknote, sock, injection syringes, printed matter
3 parts, folded as issued
2x signed, dated
series of unique works in an edition of 100 + 20 AP
published by Texte zur Kunst, Berlin, Germany
€ 1.200,- plus € 24,- Track & Trace EU registered mail
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This object out of the edition is one of the few larger objects consisting of a unique collage and a sheet of paper with a text written in felt pen ink. Each multiple came with a plastic shopping bag, hence three parts.

Jonathan Meese is known for ‘Repeating incantations aloud or holding up cardboard signs with formulas as if to invoke the gods and placate them. Consequently, Meese designed an amulet for texts on art. It is amazing how Meese’s artistic repertoire changes in these amulets entitled “Nabob to Nabob = D.A.F. (Humanity)” condensed. Announcement Texte zur Kunst, 2000.
The cardboard amulets are roughly held together by pieces of cardboard or wood and glue, which is reminiscent of Meese’s quickly built structures made of wooden sticks. The amulet also pushes his cult around the new wave band D.A.F. (German-American Friendship).

Half of the edition was published with collages, each made as a unique object. A part is dated 2001. The other half consisted of hexagonal hangers made of plexiglass with a portrait of one of the members of the Electropunk and cult band Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft.


History of prices:
Van Ham Auktionen, Cologne, Germany – Online 6 April 2018 € 774,- (height 42,5 cm)
Van Ham Auktionen, Cologne, Germany 26 November 2014 € 581,- (height 42 cm)


Extra information about the other half of the TzK edition: