Conceptual Art Shuffle


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The Conceptual Art Shuffle
a project by Jonathan Monk
with the voices of James Lee Byars, Alain Jacquet, Sol LeWitt, and Robert Smithson

In 1969, curator Jan Van Der Marck organized an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago titled Art by Telephone. For the exhibition, Van Der Marck invited thirty-seven artists to phone him with an idea for an artwork that was, in his words, “described with enough detail so that the museum could create the actual piece in Chicago, while the artist remained at home.”

For this edition of Commerce, conceptual artist Jonathan Monk selected keywords from the telephone calls of James Lee Byars, Alain Jacquet, Sol LeWitt, and Robert Smithson, all of whom participated in Van Der Marck’s exhibition and all of whom have since died. Monk then used the keywords as search functions in the iTunes Store to create a custom soundtrack for each artist. The soundtracks were then loaded onto 1GB iPod Shuffles, beginning with the recording of each artist’s original telephone call.

Authentic Apple-issue iPod Shuffle (1GB), Apple-issue clear plastic clamshell packaging, archival inkjet on Ink Press Duo Bond 80, pen and ink, hand-numbered and stamped with the signature of Jonathan Monk

Archival aqueous ink on canvas
43 x 23cm / 17 x 11 inches

The edition includes an IN SITU recreation of the original artwork proposed by Byars, Jacquet, LeWitt, or Smithson for the Art by Telephone exhibition in 1969, the details of which are to be arranged with the collector. Travel expenses and per diem not included. The installation can be remade twice for the cost of production: labor, materials, travel, and per diem.
4 artists
each in an edition of 3 | 12 total | with 4 AP

The Byars Shuffle: Carnival
available in gold, pink and red

The Jacquet Shuffle: No Feeling
available in blue, green, and pink

The LeWitt Shuffle: Within
available in green, silver and silver

The Smithson Shuffle: Entropy
available in gold, green and silver


The Conceptual Art Shuffle

Letting the Conceptual Art Shuffle speak for itself isn’t a cliché. It’s a testament to the passion and talent behind everything we do. It means we stand behind the Conceptual Art Shuffle with research and experience from actual problems we’ve defined, measured, and solved. Therefore, no decision, from strategy and development to design and user experience, is made lightly. And you’ll always see it in our shuffles.

We made this edition to give conceptual art aficionados the most creative, insightful, and entertaining artwork possible. It engenders an atmosphere in which your own creative talent can flourish. We believe that great talent will do great work, so we only work with collectors who want the opportunity to shine. It’s our guiding philosophy, our promise, and our business model. We:

  • Craft provocative experiences
  • Push beyond the comfort zone
  • Take risks to move things forward
  • Stay away from cookie-cutter solutions

From concept to graphics to production, collaboration is (and always has been) part of our DNA. By combining our talents with your savvy mind, we’re able to produce a shuffle that is functional yet elegant. We’re an open book. We know this shuffle probably isn’t the safe choice for most collectors, and we’re 100% fine with that.

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Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 8 × 4 × 3 in