Jonathan Monk - Under the Influence New York Friday, March 8, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Yvon Lambert, Paris

  • Exhibited

    Hannover, Kunstverein, Jonathan Monk: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, etc., February 25 – April 16, 2006; St. Gallen, Kunstmuseum, May 27 – April 16, 2006; Nürnberg, Kunsthalle, September 7 - November 5, 2006 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    S. Berg, E. Seifermann, R. Wäspe, Jonathan Monk: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, etc., Kunstverein, Hannover, February 25 – April 16, 2006; Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, May 27 – April 16, 2006; Kunsthalle, Nürnberg, September 7 - November 5, 2006, p. 69 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    With its concentric rings of red fluorescent lights, the present lot by Jonathan Monk takes its form from Bruce Nauman's foundational work, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths, included in the permanent collection of The Philadelphia Museum. Nauman reimagines a medium typically associated with the cheap and tawdry, and after twisting and turning it, elevates the medium from prosaic to profound. Through his use of neon, Nauman advertises his text like storefront signage, infusing commercial irony into the mock seriousness of the message. Using language as an artistic tool to profess meaning, Nauman calls into question subjective notions of intention through this witty and deliberate poetic spiral.

    The present lot, Sentence Removed (Emphasis Remains), 2000, is defined by its similar use of neon tubes manipulated into in a spiral shape, this time contained behind impervious Plexiglas. Monk takes Nauman’s examination of the ordinary one step further, using it as the foundation of his own tongue-in-cheek statement. Monk alludes to what is present and absent, visible and invisible, seen and unseen. Monk both reflects and emits the message - The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths – in his decisive choice to create Nauman’s renowned spiral of red neon without the indigo words which line the concentric curves. In the flickering amber lights of Sentence Removed (Emphasis Remains), 2000, only the ghost of Nauman’s seminal work lingers in the bends.



Sentence Removed (Emphasis Remains)

neon and Plexiglas
63 x 63 x 2 in. (160 x 160 x 5.1 cm)
This work is an artist’s proof from an edition of two plus one artist’s proof.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000

Under the Influence

8 March 2013
New York