Jonathan Monk does Kippenberger at Marc Blondeau’s Gallery in Geneva
December 16, 2011

There’s Marc Blondeau, he’s an <i>éminence grise</i> in Geneva’s art world.

There’s Marc Blondeau, he’s an éminence grise in Geneva’s art world.

There’s his associate Philippe Davet.

There’s his associate Philippe Davet.

They are showing Martin Kippenberger’s, “Dear painter, paint for me” as done by Jonathan Monk.

They are showing Martin Kippenberger’s, “Dear painter, paint for me” as done by Jonathan Monk.

Each painting was based on an appropriated image Kippenberger had painted by a billboard artist in Germany in the 80s.

Each painting was based on an appropriated image Kippenberger had painted by a billboard artist in Germany in the 80s.

Then Monk took images of the series, sent them to China, and had those copied by a painting factory.

Then Monk took images of the series, sent them to China, and had those copied by a painting factory.

They look identical to the originals, which were themselves not painted by Kippenberger.

They look identical to the originals, which were themselves not painted by Kippenberger.

And they’re available in unlimited quantities, meaning you can order this painting a hundred times over if you like, made in China.

And they’re available in unlimited quantities, meaning you can order this painting a hundred times over if you like, made in China.

It’s a great show, because it’s a radical idea.

It’s a great show, because it’s a radical idea.

A show of copies of works that were copies of images… so copies of copies. This idea also engages us in the concept of authorship, because neither artist actually made anything here, the art work was made in the choice of image only.

A show of copies of works that were copies of images… so copies of copies. This idea also engages us in the concept of authorship, because neither artist actually made anything here, the art work was made in the choice of image only.

Just so you know he’s extra smart, Marc Blondeau has the nicest and best art reference library I’ve ever seen, it’s also especially beautiful.

Just so you know he’s extra smart, Marc Blondeau has the nicest and best art reference library I’ve ever seen, it’s also especially beautiful.

It’s so classy, in that Swiss way.

It’s so classy, in that Swiss way.

See the red Prouve chairs

See the red Prouve chairs

There’s even a picture of Lawrence Weiner!

There’s even a picture of Lawrence Weiner!

t’s a quiet, great place to reflect on the history of art.

t’s a quiet, great place to reflect on the history of art.

Merci pour la visite Marc et Philippe!
Le show est excellent, ca nous fais réfléchir…