Jonathan Monk

United Kingdom 1969

Installation, Sculpture, Minimal Art, Conceptual Art

Jonathan Monk
Jonathan Monk
United Kingdom
February 4, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Jonathan Monk is a British Contemporary artist who was born in Leicester in 1969. In his practice he replays, recasts and re-examines seminal works of Conceptual and Minimal art by variously witty, ingenious and irreverent means. Monk received a BFA from Leicester Polytechnic in 1988 and an MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 1991.

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 realized 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 (1997–99), 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.

Solo exhibitions include Centro De Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria, Palais de Tokyo and Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris, Kunstverein Hannover, Institute of Contemporary Art, London and Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, among many others. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Whitney Biennial, Venice Biennales, Berlin Biennale, and Taipei Biennial. He was awarded the Prix du Quartier Des Bains, Geneva in 2012.

Monk currently lives and works in Berlin.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/group
2015Many Hands make Light Work (forthcoming)Until Then, Paris, Francesolo
2015Anything by the Smiths (forthcoming)CAN Neuchatel, Swizerlandsolo
2015Jonathan Monk (forthcoming)Dvir, Tel Aviv, Israelsolo
2015More Konzeption Conception Now (forthcoming)Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany group
2015Facts, Phantoms and Time Machines (forthcoming)Winzavod Art Centre, Moscow, Russiagroup
2014I Love 1984Lisson Gallery, Londonsolo
2014Left FootGalerie Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagensolo
2014The ReaderTaro Nasu, Tokyo, Japansolo
2014MONK NANNUCCIQuartz Studio, Turin, Italysolo
2014I went to school with someone called Jonathan MonkCasey Kaplan, New Yorksolo
2014Jonathan MonkIrish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Irelandsolo
2014More Than Four Hundred Million WaysMeyer Rieffer Karlsruhe, Germanysolo
2014Return JourneyMOSTYN Gallery, Llandudno, Walesgroup
2014You Got MailMOSTYN Gallery, Llandudno, Walesgroup
2014Summer Show: Pinault CollectionGrimaldi Forum, Monacogroup
2014GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in ScotlandScottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotlandgroup
2014Blue TimesKunsthalle Vienna, Austriagroup
2014Postscript: Writing after Conceptual ArtEli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan, USAgroup
2014The distance between you and meHaubrok Projects, Fahrbereitschaft Berlin, Germanygroup
2014Textile LanguagesThalie Art Projects, Brussels, Belgiumgroup
2014Verwandlung der Dinge - Existenzielle Bildwelten in der Kunst - Sammlung Peinkinggroup
2014Group ShowBocconi Art Gallery - BAG, Milan, Italygroup
2014Les yeux seuls sont encore capables de pousser un criDvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israelgroup
2014No Such Thing as History: Four Collections and One ArtistEspace Louis Vuitton Munich, Germanygroup
2014Who Shall Deliver Us From the Greeks and Romans?Galeri Mana, Istanbul, Turkeygroup
2014Somos Libres II, works from the Mario Testino CollectionPinacoteca Gianni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italygroup
2014Pourquoi ecrire?Sobering, Paris, Francegroup
2014EclipseDvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israelgroup
2014The Circle Walked CasuallyDeutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germanygroup
2014Jonathan Monk, Maurizio NannucciQuartz, Turin, Italygroup
2013COLOURS SHAPES WORDS (pink, blue, square, circle)CAC Malaga, Spainsolo
2013Less Is More Than One Hundred Indian Bicycles (with words from Rikrit Tiravanija and a Silver Shadow)Kunstraum Dornbirnsolo
2013In Between Exhibitions (continuous project)Yvon Lambert, Parissolo
2013Senza TitoloLisson Gallery, Milan, Italysolo
2013Whole, In Part: Artists, Publications from the MACBA CollectionsMACBA, Barcelonagroup
2013Monkey business; the paradox of valueGalerie Sophie Scheidecker, Parisgroup
2013The Universal Addressability of Dumb ThingsNottingham Contemporary, Nottingham group
2013The Universal Addressability of Dumb ThingsDe la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Seagroup
2013Jonathan Monk & David ShrigleyYvon Lambert, Parisgroup
2013A Stone Left UnturnedYvon Lambert, Parisgroup
2013Meyer Riegger at Independent New YorkNew Yorkgroup
2012Who ate all the pies?Meyer Riegger, Berlinsolo
2012Jonathan Monk & David Shrigley, Yvon Lambert, Parissolo
2012They came out of nowhere-he said, pointing to nowhereTaro Nasu Gallery, Tokyosolo
2012A House of Leaves. First MovementDRAF, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UKgroup
2012Ryan Gander & Jonathan Monk: They came out of nowhere” he said, pointing to nowhere.Taru Nasu, Tokyo, Japangroup
2012DetectiveGalerie Andreas Huber, Vienna, Austriagroup
2012Only parts of us will ever touch parts of othersGalerie Thassaeus Ropac, Paris, Francegroup
2012Postscript: Writing After Conceptual ArtMCA Denver, CO, USAgroup
2012We Will Disappear YouFrutta Gallery, Rome, Italygroup
2012When Attitudes Become Form Become AttitudesCCA Wattis, San Francisco, CA, USAgroup
2012Without Meessen De ClercqBrussels, Belgiumgroup
2012Aquarelles composites; Jonathan Monk & David ShrigleyYvon Lambert, Paris, Francegroup
2012Postscript: Writing After Conceptual ArtMuseum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, USAgroup
2012Only parts of us will ever touch parts of others Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France group
2012Pursuit of Perfection: The Politics of SportSouth London Gallery, London, UKgroup
2012Theatre of LifeCentre of Contemporary art in Torun, Polandgroup
2012Parallelwelt ZirkusKunsthalle Wien, Austriagroup
2012Deja-vu? The Art of Copying from Durer to YouTubeStaatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhegroup
2012Group showGalleria Francesca Minini, Milangroup
2012Ministry of TruthBoers-Li Gallery, Beijinggroup
2012The Poster ShowCarlier Gebauer, Berlingroup
2012January 5-31, 2012Pavilion am Milchhof, Berlingroup
2012A Corral Around Your IdeaJan Mot Gallery, Brusselsgroup
2012Re-Encounters: Objects and Phenomena601 Artspace, New Yorkgroup
2012Goshka Macuga - Kabinett der Abstrakten (after El Lissitzky), 2003Leeds Art Gallery, Leedsgroup
2011Life and DeathDvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israelsolo
2011Pre-Birth CommunicationDvir Gallery, Tel Avivsolo
2011Dear painter, paint for me one last timeBFAS Blondeau Fine Art Service, Geneva, Switzerlandsolo
2011From Horn of Plenty to Lowered CeilingW139, Amsterdamsolo
2011Name Used to Fill SpaceMeessen De Clercq, Brusselssolo
2011It’s a circusYvon Lambert, Parissolo
2011Again, A Time MachineEastside Projects, Birminghamsolo
2011World Time clock and Used CarsGalleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagensolo
2011Your Name HereCasey Kaplan Gallery, New Yorksolo
2011Balanced ActsMeyer Riegger, Berlingroup
2011En Obras – Colecao Teixera De FreitasTEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerifegroup
2011Incongru, Quand l’Art fait rireMusee cantonal des Beaux-Artsgroup
2011Process, TimeMeyer Riegger, Berlingroup
2011Time, ProcessMeyer Riegger, Karlsruhegroup
2011I Know About Creative Block And I Know Not To Call It By NameLisson Gallery, Milangroup
2011Books on booksSI Swiss Institute, New York Citygroup
2011In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in ArtDe Vleeshal, Middelburggroup
2011Je suis seul, avec vousMAC’s Grand Hornu, Musee des Arts Contemporains, Hornugroup
2011Small FiresSint-Lukasgalerie, Brusselsgroup
2011Compass – Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art New YorkMartin-Gropius-Bau, Berlingroup
2011Odd SizeGalleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagengroup
2011Homage to Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975)Dvir Nahum 11, Tel Avivgroup
2011MMK 1991-2011 20 Year of PresenceMMK, MMK Zollamt and MainTor Areal, Frankfurtgroup
2011Group Show, Solo Show (Robert Barry)Crate Studio and Project Space, Kentgroup
2011OGreen on Red Gallery, Dublingroup
2011Conceptual Tendencies 1960 to TodayDaimler Collection, Berlingroup
2011The Unbearable Lightness of BeingYvon Lambert, Parisgroup
2011UnknownVamiali’s, Athensgroup
2011Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in ArtAustralian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbournegroup
2011Again, A Time Machine: re-arranging histories or an alternative futureEastside Projects, Birminghamgroup
2011We Are GrammarPratt Manhattan Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2010Ghost RiderDvir Gallery, Tel Avivgroup
2010eYvon Lambert Project Space, Parissolo
2010Al Gatto NeroSonia Rosso, Torinogroup
2010Jonathan Monk zu Gast bei BQBerlinsolo
2010Double Act RepeatedLisson Gallery, Londongroup
2010I C U, zwapSammlung Haubrok zu Gast bei Wilhelm Schurmann, Berlinsolo
2010…so different, so appealing?Meyer Riegger, Kalsruhesolo
2010Jonathan MonkDvir Gallery, Tel Avivsolo
2010Jonathan MonkThe Billboard Book Project, Three Star Books, Parissolo
2010Collecter RecyclerCentre photographique d’Ile-de-France, Pontaut Combaultgroup
2010Where do we go from here? Selections from La Coleccion JumexBass Museum of Art, Miamigroup
2010Bilder uber BilderMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig MUMOK, Viennagroup
2010Second MainMAM, ARC, Parisgroup
2010High Ideals & Crazy DreamsGaleria Vera Munro, Hamburggroup
2010The Travelling Show’. Galeria de Fundacion Coleccion Jumex, Mexico Citygroup
2010Sculpture as Time: Major works, New AcquisitionsArt Gallery of Ontario, Torontogroup
2010Jonathan Monk, Douglas Gordon - Double Act RepeteadLisson Gallery, Londongroup
2010The Berlin BoxCentro Cultural Andratx - CCA, Andratxgroup
201089 Km, Coleccion CGAC - MARCOMuseo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Vigogroup
2010Efecto Dracula, comunidades en transformacionMuseo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City group
2010Linguaggi e Sperimentazioni. Giovani artisti in una collezione contemporaneaMART- Museo d Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Roveretogroup
2010PortugalArte10PortugalArte, Lisbon group
2010Cosa fa la mia anima mentre sto lavorando?GAM, Civica Galleria d Arte Moderna di Gallarate, Gallartegroup
2010Viaggio in ItaliaPalazzo Fabroni Arti Visive Contemporanee, Pistoiagroup
2010Chartreuse jeune, an intervention by Olaf NicolaiCasa Tabarelli, Girlan Cornaianogroup
2010Exhibition, exhibitionCastello di Rivoli, Turingroup
2010Happy Endgroup
2010Fische hinterlassen keine Spurengroup
2010Gallery, Galerie, GalleriaNorma Mangione Gallery, Turingroup
2010Being ThereThe Meet Factory, Praguegroup
2010The Way We Do Art Nowcurated by Pavel Buchler, Tanya Leighton, Berlingroup
2010The Cover of a Book is the Beginning of a JourneyThe New Art Gallery, Walsallgroup
2010Wish List of a Young CollectorYvon Lambert, Parisgroup
2010Pictures about Pictures. Discourses in Painting from Albers to ZobernigMUMOK: Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Viennagroup
2010In PrintE-Flux, New Yorkgroup
2010Iris. die Erfindung der Farben von 1600 bis heutegroup
2010SATURDAYSunday Art Fair, Berlingroup
2010SPHERES 2010, 7 energies autour d’une nouvelle experience d’expositiongroup
2010Nevermore: Souvenir, souvenir, que me veux-tu?group
2010UnknownArt Barter, HBC Berlingroup
2010Mexico: expected unexpectedB.P.S. 22, Charleroigroup
2010Today I Made NothingElizabeth Dee, New Yorkgroup
2010Reflection: 15 YearsCasey Kaplan, New Yorkgroup
2010Next Generation - Einblicke in junge Ostschweizer PrivatsammlungenKunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallengroup
2010After the Gold RushCharles H. Scott Gallery - Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouvergroup
2010DOUBLE BIND, Arrêtez d’essayer de me comprendre Villa Arson, Nice, Francegroup
2009The Deflated InflatedLisson Gallery, London solo
2009Hommage an das QuadratMuseum Ritter, Waldenbuchgroup
2008Apples and Pears and other Fruits of the ForestGalerie Yvon Lambert, Paris solo
2008Togetherness Dvir Gallery, Tel Avivgroup
2007Lira HotelGalleria Sonia Rosso, Torinosolo
2007ZEIT:ZEITMehdi Chouakri, Berlingroup
2006yesterday today tomorrow etc.Kunstverein Hannover, touring to Haus am Waldsee Berlinsolo
2006Arquivar Tormentasgroup
2005Untitled and Unfinished (Afghanistan)The British School at Rome, Romesolo
2005Miami Calling…The Moore Space, Miami, USA, group
2004Spazio SymphoniaMilan, Italy solo
2004UlyssesAtelier Augarten, Viennagroup
2003Jonathan Monk, Free LaneCasey Kaplan, New York solo
2003YES, NO, MAYBEPrograma Arts Center, Mexico Citysolo
2003Esperando unha chamada, Awaiting a CallCGAC, Santiago de Compostelagroup
2002Small WorksGalleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagensolo
2002Tableaux vivants: Living pictures and attitudes in Photography, Film and VideoKunsthalle Wien, Austriagroup
2001Our trip out westCAC, Vilniussolo
2001NothingNGCA, Sunderlandgroup
2000Au-dela du SpectacleCentre Georges Pompidou, Parisgroup
1999Meine OnkelMeyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhesolo
1999BildungGrazer Kunstverein, Grazgroup
1998In search of Gregory PeckLisson Gallery, Londonsolo
1998Le Sphere IntimePrintemps de Cahors, Cahorsgroup
1997Anything by the SmithsCentre D’art Contemporain Neuchatelsolo
1997Waves in Particles OutCCA, Glasgowgroup
1996Crash Bang WallopCity Racing, Londonsolo
1996PhatfuctinsanepervertCUBITT, Londongroup
1995The Agony, The Ecstasy (and some other stuff)Galleri Index, Stockholm, Swedensolo
1995Video screeningCentre d’art Contemporain Neuchatel, Switzerlandgroup
1994Old PeculiarGalleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagensolo
1994My Record CollectionBentinck Street, Glasgowgroup
1993Instructions for Liam GillickGio Marconi Gallery, Milangroup
1992On The CheapCentre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgowsolo
1992ContactTransmission Gallery, Glasgow group

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