JOHN DOE, oil on canvas, 2017

John Doe reflects our zeitgeist in which temporality and transience have become the standard rather than the exception. Repetitive but varying and clearly universal in language, he criticizes the current art market. From a distance the artist analyses what he sees. He exposes the value estimate that deviates from its essence, opens the manipulated wound and questions the art world.

His harsh criticism shows us his concern for the above all inflated public market values. ‘Lot number 560’ demonstrates how the art collector no longer trains the eyes, but buys with the ears. If the value-temptation becomes more important than ‘the artwork itself’ could ever have matched, then the need for the art world and its critical ability is high.

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