Saturday, July 6, 2013

Jonathan Monk - Lisson Gallery - Milan

through July 19th 2013

Monk often makes work about other work: an art of appropriation, adaptation, reworking and revisiting.  Often referencing Conceptual, Pop and Minimalist art, Monk confronts the contemporary dilemma of how to make art in the face of art history: how to be original when seemingly all questions have been posed.  However, in this act of examination, modification and re-presenting, Monk succeeds in creating something new.  His originality lies in the space between the idea inherent in the new object and its actual objecthood.  As Monk confirms, “…the idea of an original and a copy of an original are two very different things.”

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