Sergej Jensen

Jensen employs a range of ready-made materials in lieu of canvas including wool, silk, linen and burlap. His works often eschew painting altogether, relying instead on sewing, bleaching, or staining. Flaws in materials are embraced and even foregrounded in Jensen’s paintings, drawing attention to seemingly incidental marks and signs of distress. Roughly cut strips of fabric, as well as leftovers from previous works, are applied as if in the form of brushstrokes and the gesture of painting. Jensen’s work has been the subject of numerous solo museum exhibitions internationally including Le Consortium, Dijon (2022); Kunsthalle Bern (2021); Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2017); National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2016); Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2013); MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2011); Kunsthalle Portikus, Frankfurt (2010 – 2011); Aspen Art Museum (2010); and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2009), among others. Jensen has received awards including the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Eckersberg Medal (2017); Berlinische Galerie Fred Thieler Prize (2013); and Carnegie Investment Bank Carnegie Art Award (2010). Work by the artist is held in prominent international collections including Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; National Gallery, Copenhagen; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.