Jonathan Monk's (born 1969 in Leicester, UK) activity as an artist has been perhaps the most vexing for traditionalists who seek an autograph signature on the part of an artist. Seemingly endless are Monk's citations of his predecessors, in works dedicated to Dan Flavin, Sol Lewitt, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, On Kawara, Alighiero Boetti, and others. Yet his own aesthetic and imprint emerges, emblazoned on the contemporary,… Read more
About the artwork
With Diecimila, Jonathan Monk adopts a radical, conceptual stance by appropriating Chris Burden's eponymous work of 1977, a double-sided facsimile of an Italian 10,000 lira banknote. Challenging the notion of the ownership of the work, Monk even duplicates his predecessor's signature. The mimetic act is doubled as Monk creates the facsimile of a facsimile.