John Monti, American (1957 - )

John Monti

John Monti is a sculptor, based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Portland, Oregon, he received a BS from Portland State University in Painting and an MFA from the Pratt Institute, where he is Professor of Fine Arts and the Sculpture Coordinator.

Monti has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally both in museums and galleries and has completed public commissions and set-designs specifically for the Iréne Hultman Dance Co. and The Quartet. Monti himself best describes his sculpture as the utilization of “decorative, pop and minimalist strategies that both critique and embrace aspects of pleasure and the commercial aesthetic.” His sculpture is highly refined and intended to comment on the commercial/aesthetic cues of seduction and the failed utopian vision that engendered them.

Exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, White Columns, Artists Space, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, and the Wakita Museum of Art, Karuizawa, Japan.

His work is included in major private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Yale University Art Museum, The Eli Broad Family Foundation, CA, and the Wakita Museum of Art, Japan. Grants include the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Fellowship Grant and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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