Berlin-based artist Jonathan Monk is at the forefront of a generation of artists who have appropriated American conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s to create contemporary projects that deal with reception and re-presentation. His works inhabit a diverse range of media, from photography and sculpture to film and installation, where the artist, the art market, the creative process, and art’s dictum of originality collide. Monk’s borrowing of iconic contemporary works of art has a Duchampian resonance, where serious questions about innovation and authorship are often staged with a sense of humor or irony.
Monk was born in Leicester, England in 1969. He graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1991. His work is currently on view in solo exhibitions at Casey Kaplan, New York, NY; Lisson Gallery, London, England; and Specific Object, New York, NY. He is currently included in a group exhibition titled Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Monk’s numerous solo exhibitions include, Musee d’art Moderne, Paris, France (2008); Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany, travelled to Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Germany; and Leriterin Haus am Waldsee, Berlin Germany (2006-07). Recent group exhibitions include: Ready-made, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, NY (2007-08); and Arte Povera Now and Then (Perspectives for a New Guerilla Art), Esso Gallery, New York, NY (2007).