Monica Bonvicini

Janet Kraynak et al.

Monica Bonvicini navigates issues of gender, power and control through the use of architecture, installation, language and drawing. With solo exhibitions at venues such as Palais de Tokyo, Art Institute of Chicago and Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Bonvicini is one of the most influential artists to emerge from the mid-1990s.

Phaidon’s homage to the acclaimed practitioner presents an extensive overview of her output, featuring a lengthy interview with Bonvicini and a detailed essay from Janet Kraynak. Often utilising industrial materials such as chains, lights, metal and glass, she challenges concepts of regulation.

Bonvicini also has a number of permanent public sculptures, including commissions for the Olympic Park in London and the Oslo Opera House harbour. Her large-scale interjections are aesthetically provocative and question how constructed environments dictate our experience of space. Looking at her pieces from a variety of angles, the authors are able to encapsulate the many considerations that underline her art. This is a highly informative and compelling book.

Hannah Clugston