Just, Arrived: With Three Ambitious New Films, Jesper Just Explores the Poetry of Place


Sitting in Zinque, a boho hippie wine bar in Venice, Calif., Jesper Just, with his piercing blue eyes and disheveled blond hair, looked more like a surfer dude than an artist whose famously open-ended narrative films grace the collections of world-class museums like the Guggenheim, the Tate Modern and MoMA, and who was recently chosen to represent Denmark in the 2013 Biennale—in that other Venice. This was in late July, and the Danish-born, New York-based 37-year-old had just spent a few days filming in Llano Del Rio, a long-deserted socialist community in the Antelope Valley outside Los Angeles. He’d come to Zinque to discuss that film, Llano, that will have its world premiere in an exhibition opening at New York’s James Cohan Gallery on September 6—along with two other new films getting their New York premieres—but he gave the impression that he’d prefer the content of his work to remain at least partly ambiguous. Read More

Venice Biennale 2013

Denmark Picks Jesper Just for 2013 Venice Biennale Pavilion

Jesper Just. (Courtesy UCIRA)

Jesper Just, who’s known for video works that often include multiple screens, high production values and rich musical accompaniments, will represent Denmark at the Venice Biennale. Art Review released the news today, which was confirmed by Mr. Just’s New York dealer, James Cohan Gallery. More details about his plans for the Danish pavilion will be released in coming weeks. Read More