Cover Version


Jonathan Monk (Inglaterra, 1969)
Cover Version
London: Book Works, 2004
Full colour; 138 p.
Soft cover, wire stitched
Design: Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié
19,7 x 15,8 cm
1.000 ex. com três capas diferentes
ISBN: 978 1 870699 74 7

‘For me, it’s like buying gifts for myself and some are really fantastic: occasionally I am really amazed by what I have bought when it arrives, as often the catalogue description does not do justice to the physical object itself.’ Jonathan Monk


Jonathan Monk is an artist who loves other artists. His work draws on oblique autobiographical references and personal anecdotes together with art historical strategies and legacies to express a critical camaraderie in his subject. Cover Version features a selection of seminal publications from Monk’s extensive collection of artists’ books. Sol Le Witt, Lawrence Weiner and Ed Ruscha are represented side by side to form a cogent series, which presents a contemporary investigation into materiality and the problems of signification in conceptual art publishing. An integral section of Cover Version is a transcribed telephone conversation between Jonathan Monk and Seth Siegelaub, which unfolds and discusses their mutual obsession with book making and collecting whilst speculating on the nature of the object. This ‘collectable’ book also has three different covers designed with its monetary value in euros, dollars and pounds, a direct reference to Lawrence Weiner’s 1968 publication Statements.


Page Count



Amanda Andersen, Page Count, 2011
edition of 100, published by Shot Put
17 x 21 cm, 144 pages

Page Count is a reflection on book collection, ownership and reproduction- referencing both Sol Lewitt’s “Autobiography” and Jonathan Monk’s “Cover Version”. A documentation of all the books Andersen owns, arranged in order of page counts and represented by respective page numbers. Page Count also includes the conversation between Jonathan Monk and Seth Siegelaub “On Book Making & Book Collecting” first printed in Cover Version with an additional Postscript- a conversation between Monk and Andersen.