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
Oscillating between obsessive documentation and ironic commentary, this set of prints with its ludicrously long and detailed title, is a humorous observation on the need for humans to label everything. It also mimicks the meticulous documentation of a museum archive, critiquing the institutions of contemporary art from an inside perspective. Clever and concise, this limited edition piece is typical of Monk's quietly subversive practice, and can also be linked to his neon My Left Hand and My Left Hand Made to Look Like My Right Hand from 2004.