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Jonathan Monk Biography

British artist Jonathan Monk replays, recasts and re-examines seminal works of Conceptual and Minimal art by variously witty, ingenious and irreverent means. Speaking in 2009, he said, ‘Appropriation is something I have used or worked with in my art since starting art school in 1987. At this time (and still now) I realised that being original was almost impossible, so I tried using what was already available as source material for my own work.’ Through wall paintings, monochromes, ephemeral sculpture and photography he reflects on the tendency of contemporary art to devour references, simultaneously paying homage to figures such as Sol LeWitt, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman and Lawrence Weiner, while demystifying the creative process. Monk is constantly asking ‘what next?’ His stainless steel series entitled Deflated Sculpture, 2009, refigures Jeff Koon’s iconic balloon rabbit in various stages of collapse; letting the air out isn’t an act of iconoclasm so much as giving the original idea new life. So too Monk documented the period he lived in Los Angeles with a series of photographs titled None of the Buildings on Sunset Strip, 1997–1999, showing only the roads between buildings – a follow-up to Ed Ruscha’s artist book from 30 years before, All of the Buildings on Sunset Strip. But his conceptual configurations are also grounded in the personal: ‘what next?’ takes on a poignancy in the slide projection In Search of Gregory Peck, 1997, where Monk brought together a collection of photographs taken by his late father in the 1950s, preceding him as a tourist in the US.

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Jonathan Monk was born in Leicester in 1969 and lives and works in Berlin. He has a BFA from Leicester Polytechnic (1988) and an MFA from Glasgow School of Art (1991). Solo exhibitions include Centro De Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga, 2013, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria, 2013, Palais de Tokyo and Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris, 2008, Kunstverein Hannover, 2006, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 2005, and Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, 2003. His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including Whitney Biennial (2006), the 50th and 53rd Venice Biennales (2003, 2009), Berlin Biennale (2001) and Taipei Biennial (2000). He was awarded the Prix du Quartier Des Bains, Geneva in 2012.

Text courtesy Lisson Gallery.

Jonathan Monk Featured Artworks

Lenticular LeWitt by Jonathan Monk contemporary artwork
Jonathan MonkLenticular LeWitt, 2018Lenticular prints mounted on 10mm forex
Taro Nasu Enquire about this work
Gallery Hours by Jonathan Monk contemporary artwork
Jonathan MonkGallery Hours, 2012neon sign on plexiglas
45 x 12 x 10 cm
Taro Nasu Enquire about this work

Jonathan Monk Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Jonathan Monk, Lenticular LeWitt at Taro Nasu, Tokyo
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12 April–12 May 2018 Jonathan Monk Lenticular LeWitt Taro Nasu, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Jonathan Monk, The Reader at Taro Nasu, Tokyo
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23 May–21 June 2014 Jonathan Monk The Reader Taro Nasu, Tokyo

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Jonathan Monk In Related Press

The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale Related Press The Art Newspaper's pick of the 2019 Venice Biennale 30 April 2019, The Art Newspaper

There are hundreds of exhibitions in Venice during the Biennale. Alongside the main exhibition in the Giardini and Arsenale, there are 90 national presentations, many in nearby pavilions in the Giardini and in spaces around the Arsenale, but also dotted throughout Venice. Then there are the official collateral exhibitions in museums and galleries...

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Preview: Art Brussels Related Press Preview: Art Brussels 19 April 2017, Elephant

'Art Brussels believes in galleries that support their artists throughout their evolution... We are definitely not interested in showing work in a supermarket-like style.' We speak with Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels, as the fair nears its thirty-fifth edition.

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Fine line: London’s Lisson Gallery hosts a show of line-inspired artwork Related Press Fine line: London’s Lisson Gallery hosts a show of line-inspired artwork 25 January 2016, Wallpaper*

Artists have, of course, done many marvellous things with the continuous line. They have taken it places, crawling off the page or squiggling into three dimensions, becoming a physical thing of itself, freed of representational duties. Line, a new show at the Lisson Gallery in London, guest curated by Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane of the Drawing...

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