Liz Magor (born 1948) is one of the most important Canadian artists of her generation and certainly Canada’s most influential sculptor of the past three decades. During the course of her career, Magor has repeatedly gauged the boundaries of what constitutes sculpture and today her works play an important role in the international debate on materialism in contemporary sculpture. Magor takes common and familiar objects of our world and uses them in her installations either as ready-mades or replicates them with other materials. Transferring them to the context of art raises questions regarding the relationship between art and everyday life as well as between reality and representation. Through deliberately placed voids and mises-en-scène, Magor’s works develop a narrative potential comparable with the literary form of the short story—lacking a beginning and end, they are excerpts of an overarching narration of the social sideshows of our present-day achievement-oriented society. This publication offers an in-depth exploration of Magor’s sculpture and installation work, produced over the course of 40 years.
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’s a Koproduktion with the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich, and the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal.
Publisher: Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Kunstverein in Hamburg, JRP|Ringier
Editor: Dan Adler, Lesley Johnstone, Heike Munder und Bettina Steinbrügge
Graphic Design: Marc André Roy (MAKARA)