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Inscription on cup reads: We Are Happy to Serve You. Part whishing well, part beggar’s cup, and part piggy bank, this humble coffee cup sits on a pedestal. It’s cut-out bottom opens into the void of the pedestal. The public may make a wish, throw in a coin, listen to the water swallow the coin, and hope that the …

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In his mixed-media works and public projects, Paul Ramírez Jonas creates community, or, at least, the potential for it. Since the 1990s, he has been pursuing a definition of art as the relationship between artist, viewer, and artwork. Many of his works actively invite viewer participation—such as by making a wish or leaving a note. For Ramírez Jonas, the potential to participate is crucial, as he describes: “I want the choice to be important, to be felt.” His New York-based Key to the City project (2010) exemplifies the community spirit of his work, aptly and humorously reflected in its list of components: “people, 24,000 keys, 24 sites, 155 collaborators, and mayor.” Whimsical and sincere, this work invited people to pick up a key and open locks throughout the city, engaging the public in a collective exchange and exploration.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2019
New Monuments for CitiesHigh Line Art
2018
Give and TakeNara Roesler
2017
Atlas, Plural, MonumentalContemporary Arts Museum Houston
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Well, 2008

Pedestal, water, paper coffee cup
48 × 12 × 12 in
122 × 30.5 × 30.5 cm
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Location
São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York
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Inscription on cup reads: We Are Happy to Serve You. Part whishing well, part beggar’s cup, and …

Medium

In his mixed-media works and public projects, Paul Ramírez Jonas creates community, or, at least, the potential for it. Since the 1990s, he has been pursuing a definition of art as the relationship between artist, viewer, and artwork. Many of his works actively invite viewer participation—such as by making a wish or leaving a note. For Ramírez Jonas, the potential to participate is crucial, as he describes: “I want the choice to be important, to be felt.” His New York-based Key to the City project (2010) exemplifies the community spirit of his work, aptly and humorously reflected in its list of components: “people, 24,000 keys, 24 sites, 155 collaborators, and mayor.” Whimsical and sincere, this work invited people to pick up a key and open locks throughout the city, engaging the public in a collective exchange and exploration.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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