magor_heavenly_wool.jpg


Heavenly Wool Blanket, 2013,
wool, platinum cure silicon rubber,
71 x 54.5 x 11.5 cm
magor_maple_leaf.jpg


Maple Leaf, 2011,
wool, dye, fabric, metal, plastic, and thread, 147 x 62 x 10 cm
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Maple Leaf, 2011, (detail),
wool, dye, fabric, metal, plastic, and thread, 147 x 62 x 10 cm
magor_chinese_green.jpg


Chinese Green, 2011,
wool, fabric, metal, thread and wood,
149 x 63 x 12 cm
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Chinese Green, 2011, (detail),
wool, fabric, metal, thread and wood, 149 x 63 x 12 cm
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Hudson’s Bay Double, 2011,
wool, fabric, metal, polymerized gypsum, and wood,
163 x 399 x 2.5 cm
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Hudson’s Bay Double, 2011, (detail),
wool, fabric, metal, polymerized gypsum, and wood,
163 x 399 x 2.5 cm
magor_spearmint_mouse.jpg


Spearmint/Mouse, 2009,
polymerized gypsum, chewing gum, cigarette, 21 x 38 x 29 cm
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Leather Ashtray on Table, 2009,
polymerized gypsum, cigarettes, wood, 57 x 121 x 63.5 cm
magor_stack_racoon.jpg


Stack (Racoon), 2009,
polymerized gypsum, ash, wood, 58 x 68 x 68 cm
magor_stack_racoon_detail.jpg


Stack (Racoon), 2009, (detail),
polymerized gypsum, ash, wood, 58 x 68 x 68 cm
magor_bedside_detail.jpg


Bedside, 2007, (detail),
polymerized gypsum, hardware, lighting fixture,
305 x 244 x 46 cm
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Wrap, 2003,
polymerized gypsum, fibreglass, 88 x 84 x 254 cm
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Voyageur from Camping Portfolio, 2002,
edition of 3, one of ten silver-gelatin photographs,
41 x 51 cm each
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Civil War Scenes: Southern Boys in Battle, 1991,
edition of 2, one of fourteen selenium toned silverprints,
41 x 51 cm each

Liz Magor

Magor’s practice utilizes sculpture and photography to explore notions of memory, history, shelter, and survival. Exploring both natural and domestic themes, her sculptural works are forms of refuge that also confound the boundary between the real and the imagined.

I am always looking for comfort in a world disturbingly subject to change. Sometimes I find it in work, as a recording of my activity. Sometimes I find it in objects, things that sit still for awhile and slowly gather, then release, their history. I wanted to do work that would objectify some history of a life, or at least the life of a body and the process of change that affects that body.

— Liz Magor

1948
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
1966-68
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
1968-70
Parsons School of Design, New York
1970-71
Vancouver School of Art, Vancouver

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013
No Fear, No Shame, No Confusion, Triangle,
   Marseille

2012
I is being This, Catriona Jeffries Gallery,
   Vancouver
2011
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
   about the exhibition
2009
Military Through the Ages,
   Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
   Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
   about the exhibition
Storage facilities, Doris McCarthy Gallery,
   Unversity of Toronto, Scarborough;
   Kenderdine Art Gallery, Saskatoon
The Mouth and other storage facilities,
   Simon Fraser University Gallery, Vancouver
2008
The Mouth and other storage facilities,
   Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
MOUTH:FULL, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2007
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2005
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2004
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2003
The Power Plant, Toronto
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2002
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2001
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
2000
Deep Woods, Art Gallery of York University,
   Toronto
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Stores, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
1999
Sleeping Rough, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
1998
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
1996
Messenger, Toronto Sculpture Garden,
   Toronto
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
1994
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
1993
Liz Magor: Early Works, Oakville Galleries,
   Oakville
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
1991
Constructing Cultural Identity: Liz Magor,
   Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton
1987
Liz Magor, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon;
   Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg; Musee
   d’art contemporain, Montréal
1986
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto
1984
The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto
Canada House, London, England
1982
The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto
1981
The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto
Alberta College of Art, Calgary
1980
The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto
Production/Reproduction, Vancouver
   Art Gallery, Vancouver
1979
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria
1977
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013

Simple Present, Future Anterior, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto

Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of
   Art, Newport Beach, California
Light my Fire: Some Propositions about 
   Portraits and Photography, Art Gallery
   of Ontario, Toronto
2012
ZOO, Musée d'art contemporain, Montréal
After Presence, MacKenzie Art Gallery,
   Regina
2011
The Most She Weighed/The Least She
   Weighed, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2010
Marburg! The Early Bird!, Marburger
   Kunstverein, Marburg, Germany
In Dialogue with Carr, Vancouver Art
   Gallery, Vancouver
Triumphant Carrot: The Persistence of
   Still Life, Contemporary Art Gallery,
   Vancouver
Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape
   Manual, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2009
Nothing to Declare, The Power Plant, Toronto
Uneasy Pieces, Oakville Galleries, Oakville
Is Only the Mind Allowed to Wander,
   Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
WHATITREALLYIS, Red Bull 381 Projects,
   Toronto
2008
Take Me There (Show Me The Way),
   Haunch of Venison, New York
Bureau de Change, Walter Phillips Gallery,
   Banff
Comic Relief, National Gallery of Canada,
   Ottawa
The Tree: from the Sublime to the Social,
   Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Momentum, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
2007
Remaking the Real, Susan Hobbs Gallery,
   Toronto
Burrow, Oakville Galleries, Oakville
Recent Acquistions, Musée d’art
   contemporain, Montréal
Cabin in the Snow, National Gallery of
   Canada, Ottawa
2006
Borrowings, National Gallery of
   Canada, Ottawa
Embodied Matter, McMaster Museum of Art,
   Hamilton
2005
Intertidal – Vancouver Art and Artists,
   MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium
CAMP(Sites), Walter Phillips Gallery,
   Banff; Museum London, London
Elements of Nature, La Cité de l’énergie,
   Shawinigan
2004
Histoires des Amériques, Musée d’art
   contemporain, Montréal
Baja to Vancouver, Wattis Insitute,
   San Francisco; Vancouver Art Gallery,
   Vancouver; Museum of Contemporary Art,
   San Diego
2003
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2001
Oasis, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montréal
Elusive Paradise, National Gallery of Canada,
   Ottawa
2000
Beaver Tales, Oakville Galleries, Oakville
singularFISSION, Diefenbunker, Carp
Model Homes: Explorations on
   Alternate Living, Edmonton Art
   Gallery, Edmonton
1998
Points of View, McMaster Museum
   of Art, Hamilton
1997
inSITE, San Diego\Tijuana
Real Fictions: Four Canadian Artists,
   Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney,
   Australia
1995
Notion of Conflict: A Selection of
   Contemporary Canadian Art,
   Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
From Wunderkammer to Cyberspace,
   Foto Biennale Enschede, Enschede,
   The Netherlands
Small Histories, Southern Alberta Art
   Gallery, Lethbridge
1993
Canada, une nouvelle generation,
   FRAC des Pays de la Loire,
   Getigne-Clisson, France; Musee
   des beaux-arts, Dole, France
1992
Pour la suite du Monde, Musee d’art
   contemporain, Montréal
More than one Photography, Museum
   of Modern Art, New York
1991
Between Views and Points of View,
   Walter Phillips Art Gallery, Banff
Places with a Past: Site Specific Art in
   Charleston, Spoleto Festival,
   Charleston, South Carolina
1990
Meeting Place: Robert Gober, Liz Magor,
   Juan Muñoz, Art Gallery of York
   University, Toronto; Nickle Arts Museum,
   Calgary; Vancouver Art Gallery,
   Vancouver
1989
Canadian Biennale of Contemporary Art,
   National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Camera Lucida, Walter Phillips Gallery,
   Banff
Les Cents jours d’art contemporain,
   Centre international d’art
   contemporain, Montréal
1987
Toronto: A Play of History (Jeu
   d’histoire), The Power Plant,
   Toronto
Active Surplus: The Economy of the
   Object, The Power Plant, Toronto
Documenta 8, Orangerie, Kassel,
   Germany
1986
Ten Years Later, Contemporary
   Art Gallery, Vancouver
1985
Aurora Borealis, Centre international
   d’art contemporain, Montréal
1984
Ian Carr-Harris / Liz Magor, XLI
   Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
1983
1x2: Liz Magor and John McEwen,
   Glenbow Museum, Calgary
1982
Mise en Scene, Vancouver Art Gallery,
   Vancouver
The 4th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery
   of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
1981
The Winnipeg Perspective 1981 – Ritual,
   Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
1978
Obsessions, Rituals, Controls, Mackenzie
   Art Gallery, Regina
1976
West Coast Waves, Winnipeg Art Gallery,
   Winnipeg
1975
Young Contemporaries ‘75, London
   Regional Art Gallery, London
1974
Librations, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria,
   Victoria
1973
Pacific Vibrations, Vancouver Art Gallery,
   Vancouver

double or nothing: Problems of Presence in Contemporary Art

by Timothy Long (exhibition catalogue)

Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2013

No Fear, No Shame, No Confusion

by Federica Bueti (review)

frieze.com, November 2013

read (pdf)

Liz Magor: Cool as Corny, Luxury as Trash

by Lisa Marshall (review)

Canadian Art, Spring 2013

Liz Magor’s ‘I is being This’ is only about itself

by Robin Laurence (review)

The Georgia Straight, 4 December 2012

read (pdf)

Liz, Tailor

by Sarah Milroy (review)

The Globe and Mail, 1 December 2012

read (pdf)

The Potency of Ordinary Objects: a conversation with Liz Magor

by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo (article)

Sculpture, November 2012

read (pdf)

Liz Magor: Susan Hobbs

by E.C. Woodley (review)

Art in America, October 2011

read (pdf)

The familiar transformed into the mysterious

by R.M. Vaughan (review)

The Globe and Mail, 7 May 2011

read (pdf)

Real Dead Ringers: The Art of Liz Magor

by E.C. Woodley (article)

Border Crossings, Spring 2011

read (pdf)

Wilderness Escape - Liz Magor

and Emily Carr

by Shannon Heth (article)

Montecristo, Autumn 2010

City vs Country

by Leah Sandals (review)

The National Post, 2 January 2010

Nothing to Declare

by Sarah Milroy (review)

The Globe and Mail, 17 December 2009

Liz Magor

by Nicholas Brown (article)

Hunter and Cook, Fall 2009

The Outlaw

by Deborah Campbell (article)

Canadian Art, Summer 2009

read (pdf)

What It Really Is

by Tejpal S. Ajji, Nicholas Brown, and Jen Hutton
(exhibition brochure)

Toronto: Red Bull 381 Projects, 2009

Liz Magor: The Mouth and other storage facilities

by Sara Krajewski and Bill Jeffries
(exhibition catalogue)

Seattle/Vancouver: The Henry Gallery/ Simon Fraser University Gallery, 2008

Take Me There Show Me the Way

by Michael Rooks (exhibition catalogue)

New York: Haunch of Venison, 2008

Not just another pile of laundry

by Sarah Milroy (review)

The Globe and Mail, 24 July 2007

read (pdf)

Liz Magor: Susan Hobbs Gallery

by Dan Adler (review)

Artforum, Summer 2007

read (pdf)

Burrow

by Shannon Anderson (exhibition catalogue)

Oakville: Oakville Galleries, 2007

Look closer to grasp Molly’s Reach

by Gary Michael Dault (review)

The Globe and Mail, 12 March 2005

Elements of Nature

by Jonathan Shaughnessy (exhibition catalogue)

Ottawa/Shawinigan: National Gallery of Canada/La Cite de L’Energie, 2005

Histories des Amériques

by Pierre Landry (exhibition catalogue)

Montréal: Musée d’art contemporain, 2004

Material Intelligence:
The Art of Liz Magor

by Robin Laurence (article)

Border Crossings, May 2003

Give her shelter

by Sarah Milroy (article)

The Globe and Mail, 19 December 2002

Liz Magor

by Grant Arnold and Philip Monk et. al.
(exhibition catalogue)

Toronto/Vancouver: The Power Plant/Vancouver Art Gallery, 2002

’Flaws’ point to artist’s crucial theme: artificiality

by Blake Gopnik (article)

The Globe and Mail, 2 September 2000

Liz Magor

by Nancy Tousley (interview)

Canadian Art, Spring 2000

Liz Magor

by Nancy Tousley, Lucy Hogg and Reid Shier
(exhibition catalogue)

Vancouver/Toronto: Contemporary Art Gallery/Art Gallery of York University, 2000

Liz Magor, Equinox Gallery

by Philip Monk (review)

C Magazine, September-November 1999

Report from Toronto: Opening Doors

by Roni Feinstein (article)

Art in America, November 1994

Canada, une nouvelle generation

by Marc Mayer and Catherine Bedard
(exhibition catalogue)

Getigne Clisson, France: FRAC des Pays de la Loire, 1993

Pour La Suite du Monde

by Gilles Godmer and Real Lussier
(exhibition catalogue)

Montréal: Musée d’art contemporain, 1992

Cumulus from America: Places with a past

by Lynn Gumpert (review)

Parkett, Fall 1991

Places With a Past

by M.J. Jacobs (exhibition catalogue)

Charleston, South Carolina: Spoleto Festival, 1991

Canadian Biennial of Contemporary Art

by Diana Nemiroff (exhibition catalogue)

Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1989

A play of history (Jeu d’histoire);
The Power Plant

by Bruce Grenville (review)

Parachute, Sept/Oct/Nov 1987

Active Surplus: The Economy of the Object

by Bruce Grenville (exhibition catalogue)

Toronto: The Power Plant, 1987

Liz Magor: an Interview

by Ian Carr-Harris (interview)

C Magazine, Fall 1986

Liz Magor

by Philip Monk (exhibition catalogue)

Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1986

Aurora Borealis

by Elio Graziolo (review)

Flash Art, October-November 1985

Aurora Borealis

by Rene Blouin and Normand Theriault
(exhibition catalogue)

Montréal: Le centre international d’art contemporain, 1985

Highlights of Festival

by Annelie Pohlen (review)

Artforum, September 1984

Kunst, Grenzenlos

by Michael Huebl (review)

Kunstforum International, June-August 1984

Ian Carr-Harris/Liz Magor: Canada XLI Biennale di Venezia

by Jessica Bradley (exhibition catalogue)

Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1984

Installation art wise choice for Venice

by John Bentley Mays (review)

The Globe and Mail, 28 January 1984

Contemporary Canadian Art

by David Burnett and Marilyn Schiff (book)

Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers Ltd., 1983

Four Places

by Alvin Balkind (article)

Vanguard, March 1977