Sanya Kantarovsky

NO JOKE, 2016


Sanya Kantarovsky
NO JOKE, 2016
Published by Koenig Books and Studio Voltaire, London
196 pages (78 images in full colour reproduction)
Hardback, Garda Pat matt coated paper 135g
230 x 300 mm portrait 

£40.00 GBP



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About the publication

We are pleased to present NO JOKE, Sanya Kantarovsky’s first monograph, published by Studio Voltaire and Koenig Books. Produced as an extension to his 2015 Studio Voltaire exhibition Apricot Juice, this publication brings together a large selection of works from Kantarovsky’s diverse practice, offering an extensive overview of the past six years.

NO JOKE has emerged from of a collaborative process between Kantarovsky and designer Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey. The resulting publication is akin to an illustrated novel or picture book where texts run concurrent with images, creating deliberate and accidental relationships between words and images.

This relationship between the literary and the visual also echoes Kantarovsky’s exhibition at Studio Voltaire, the starting point for this monograph, where each painting was paired with a paragraph from Mikhail Bulgakov’s seminal novel The Master and Margarita.

This monograph includes contributions from Eli Diner, Allison Katz and Angie Keefer. NO JOKE is designed and edited by Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, Liverpool.

This publication is supported by Marc Foxx, Los Angeles; Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin; and Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London.

About the contributors

Sanya Kantarovsky (b. 1982) currently lives and works in New York. He studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and received his MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles. Kantarovsky recently presented solo exhibitions at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2020); On Them, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY (2019); Disease of the Eyes, Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland (2018) and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Italy (2017-2018). Recent group exhibitions include Radical Figures at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Baltic Triennial 13 GIVE UP THE GHOS; The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin at the Jewish Museum, New York; The Eccentrics at Sculpture Center, New York; and his curatorial project Sputterances at Metro Pictures, New York. Other important presentations include Happy Soul at LAXART in Los Angeles; You are Not an Evening at Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen; What Were You Expecting, Mr. Milquetoast, a Plot? at Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe; and Apricot Juice, with Ieva Misčeviūtė, at Studio Voltaire in London. A comprehensive monograph entitled No Joke was co-published by Studio Voltaire and Koenig Books in 2016. Kantarovsky’s works belong to several prestigious museum collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Tate Modern, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey (b. 1973, York; lives and works in Liverpool) is a graphic designer, author and editor. Since 2006 he has collaborated with David Reinfurt under the name Dexter Sinister; and since 2010 with Reinfurt, Angie Keefer and Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey on The Serving Library, an online publishing/archiving platform with a parallel physical space in Liverpool. He also co-founded the arts-journal Dot Dot Dot in 2000.

Eli Diner (Lives and works in Los Angeles, US) is a writer, curator and doctoral candidate in history at UCLA. He is the US editor of Flash Art and his writing has also appeared in Artforum, Bookforum, Bulletins of the Serving Library, Frieze and The Los Angeles Review of Books. In 2015, he launched Hakuna Matata, a project space, sculpture garden and serialized novella.

Allison Katz (b. 1980, Montreal, Canada; lives and works in London, UK) is an artist and curator who graduated with an MFA from Columbia University in 2008. Recent exhibitions include: Independent, New York, USA, presented by The Approach, London, UK, (2016); Shelf Paintings in collaboration with Fredrik Vaerslev, All Around Amateur, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway, (2016) and DAS INSTITUT with Allison Katz in DAS INSTITUT, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2016).

Angie Keefer (b. 1977 Alabama, US; lives in New York, US) has exhibited, published, performed, taught, or otherwise produced work with The Whitney Biennial; Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; Kunstverein, Amsterdam; ICA, Philadelphia; Office for Contemporary Art, Norway; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and Yale Union, Portland.

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.