This monographic publication delivers an in-depth exploration of Liz Magor's sculpture and installations produced over the course of 40 years.
Liz Magor is one of the most important Canadian artists of her generation, and certainly its most influential sculptor of the past 30 years. This publication emphasizes the thematic and emotional range of Magor's practice. From the mental and physical contexts of retail consumerism to the spaces of the museum to the private, interior worlds of addiction and desire, Magor's oeuvre has consistently combined a high level of conceptual and procedural rigor with the intense investigation of materials, ranging from twigs and textiles to rubber and polymerized gypsum. The book focuses on the richly layered nature of Magor's practice—extraordinary in its tendency to meld multiple references to cultures of display, compulsion, and consumption, making the case that this visual and emotional richness is one of the reasons why Magor is one of the most intriguing conceptual artists of her generation.
This monographic publication includes an interview with Liz Magor and contributions by Dan Adler, Heike Munder, and Bettina Steinbrügge, as well as with Ian Carr-Harris, Géraldine Gourbe, Lesley Johnstone, Trevor Mahovsky, Isabelle Pauwels, Chris Sharp, and Corin Sworn. It accompanies the retrospective exhibition "Liz Magor" organized by the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich, and Kunstverein in Hamburg in 2017.
Published on the occasion of the artist's exhibitions at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, from February 18, to May 7, 2017, and Kunstverein Hamburg, from June 3, to October 1st, 2017.
Practicing for over 40 years, Liz Magor (born 1948 in Manitoba, lives and works in Vancouver) has had numerous solo exhibitions including “Surrender”, Iskowitz Award, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2015); “Six Ways to Sunday #06”, Peep-Hole, Milan (2015); “Liz Magor: A Thousand Quarrels”, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver (2014); “No Fear, No Shame, No Confusion”, Triangle France, Marseille (2013); “I is being This”, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2012); “The Mouth and other storage facilities”, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Simon Fraser University Gallery, Vancouver (2008). Magor exhibited at documenta 8, Kassel, Germany (1987) and represented Canada at the Venice Biennale (1984).