°1969, Leicester (UK) - lives and works in Berlin (DE)
Jonathan Monk combines joke and irony with precise references to the substantial art currents of the 20th century in a very personal way. Particularly the Concept and Minimal Art of the 60′s and 70′s are an essential point of origin for Monk’s own artistic work, whereby he replays, recasts and re-examines canonical works by variously witty, ingenious and irreverent means. Through wall paintings, monochromes, ephemeral sculpture and photography, Monk 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.
Jonathan Monk has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at IMMA, Dublin; CAC, Málaga; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and ICA, London. His work has been included in several major group exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial in 2006; the 50th and 53rd Venice Biennales in 2003 and 2009; the Berlin Biennale in 2001; and the Taipei Biennial in 2000. He was awarded the Prix du Quartier Des Bains, Geneva in 2012.
His work is present in many important public collections, such as Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Tate Collection, London; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Jonathan Monk is represented by the following galleries;
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