A series that began with Monk’s two-year stay in Rome, and continues to this day. While at lunch, the artist draws an image of a favourite artwork (by Daniel Buren, Maurizio Cattelan, Gilbert & George, Damian Hirst, Donald Judd, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Cady Noland, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool, and many others) on his restaurant receipt. The work is then photographed and offered on Instagram for the price of the meal. A singing for one's supper, of sorts.
I have one example (a Sol Lewitt), though the payment was deferred until we can dine again together (it's been years and years).
This bookwork documents examples between the time in Rome and the return home to Berlin. It features a handwritten cover, 100 drawings and an essay by curator Luca Cerizza (in both English & Italian).
The title is available for $250 US from Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller at New York Antiquarian Book Fair (21-24 April) at the Park Avenue Armory, at Booth C15.
New York City, USA: I. C. Editions and David Platzker, 1994
17.5 x 16.5 x 1.6 cm.
An open edition that were once widely available for around fifty dollars, but now sell for well over ten times that amount, these silkscreen prints on three-ply corrugated cardboard are rubber stamped with the artist's initials.
Today is the final day for my exhibition Hello Hello at MKG127. Other than the painted oversized buttons, all of the works in the show are editioned. I rarely try to make topical work, but obviously COVID haunts these works about greeting, many of which are somewhat sinister (a horror film told entirely with the word hello, shady business deals sealed with a handshake, etc. etc). It continues to be coincidentally topical, with the inclusion of figures such as Chris Rock, Vladimir Putin, etc.
I'd been collecting the handshake photos for years, possibly since seeing excellent Alexandra Mir's daisy chain project for Ringier. But the main impetus was the mondegreen of Michelle Obama's statement "When they go low we go high" - the slight slurring of her words allowing for a simple instructional on communication.
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