Good Grace

Good Grace, 2018, wool, various textiles,
390 x 38 x 48 cm
Good Grace

Good Grace, 2018,
Glow Pet (frontal).jpg

Glow Pet, 2015,
polymerized gypsum, textile, plastic, 44 x 38 x 17 cm
Pearl Pet (frontal).jpg

Pearl Pet, 2015,
plymerized gypsum, plastic, 27 x 29 x 26 cm
Mlle Raymonde lr.jpg

Mademoiselle Raymonde, 2014,
polymerized gypsum, doilies, string, paper, plastic bags,
58.5 x 39.5 x 15 cm
Opal lr.jpg

Opal, 2014,
polymerized gypsum, tissue paper, handkerciefs, plastic bags,
48 x 40.5 x 15 cm

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

Maple Leaf, 2011,
wool, dye, fabric, metal, plastic, and thread, 147 x 62 x 10 cm

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

Chinese Green, 2011,
wool, fabric, metal, thread and wood,
149 x 63 x 12 cm

Chinese Green, 2011, (detail),
wool, fabric, metal, thread and wood, 149 x 63 x 12 cm

Hudson’s Bay Double, 2011,
wool, fabric, metal, polymerized gypsum, and wood,
163 x 399 x 2.5 cm

Hudson’s Bay Double, 2011, (detail),
wool, fabric, metal, polymerized gypsum, and wood,
163 x 399 x 2.5 cm

Spearmint/Mouse, 2009,
polymerized gypsum, chewing gum, cigarette, 21 x 38 x 29 cm

Ladies Jacket Smoking, 2009,
polymerized gypsum, cigarettes, wood, 57 x 121 x 63.5 cm

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

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

Wrap, 2003,
polymerized gypsum, fibreglass, 88 x 84 x 254 cm

Voyageur from Camping Portfolio, 2002,
edition of 3, one of ten silver-gelatin photographs,
41 x 51 cm each
one bedroom AGO.jpg

One Bedroom Apartment, 1996
installation at Art Gallery of Ontario
one bedroom AGO detail 2.jpg

detail of One Bedroom Apartment, 1996

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

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Parsons School of Design, New York
Vancouver School of Art, Vancouver

Selected Solo Exhibitions


I Have Wasted My Life, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York


Downer, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver

One Bedroom Apartment, Esker Foundation, Calgary


Xhilaration, Marcelle Alix, Paris

TIMESHARE, 500 Capp Street Foundation, San Francisco

BLOWOUT, Renaissance Society, Chicago

BLOWOUT, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge


Previously ..., Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

you you you, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg

you you you, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich


Humidor, Marcelle Alix, Paris

The Blue One Comes in Black, le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine

Habitude, Musée d'art contemporain, Montreal

Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
   about the exhibition

Liz Magor: Six Ways to Sunday #06, Peep-Hole, Milan

Liz Magor: Surrender, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto


A Thousand Quarrels, Presentation House, Vancouver


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

I is being This, Catriona Jeffries Gallery,
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
   about the exhibition
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
The Mouth and other storage facilities,
   Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
MOUTH:FULL, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
The Power Plant, Toronto
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
Deep Woods, Art Gallery of York University,
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Stores, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
Sleeping Rough, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Messenger, Toronto Sculpture Garden,
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Liz Magor: Early Works, Oakville Galleries,
Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Constructing Cultural Identity: Liz Magor,
   Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton
Liz Magor, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon;
   Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg; Musee
   d’art contemporain, Montréal
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto
The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto
Canada House, London, England
The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto
The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto
Alberta College of Art, Calgary
The Ydessa Gallery, Toronto
Production/Reproduction, Vancouver
   Art Gallery, Vancouver
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria

Selected Group Exhibitions


Some say the soul is made of wind, Downs & Ross, Tribeca Apartment Gallery, New York


Kreislaufprobleme, Croy Nielsen, Vienna

You, Musée d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Lo Spazio Esistenziale. Definizione #2, Casa Morra, Naples


LoSt + FoUnD, Remai Modern, Saskatoon

Cabin Fever, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

Fences & Windows, Modern Art, London

Figures of Sleep, Art Museum, University of Toronto, Toronto


The Undercover Economist, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin

All the Names, Scrap Metal, Toronto

Lyric on a Battlefield, Gladstone Gallery, New York

Ungestalt, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel


On Space and Place, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago

You be Frank, and I'll be Earnest, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow

MashUp, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

The Green of Her, Oakville Galleries, Oakville

History Made By Artists, C L E A R I N G, New York


Walks and displacements, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Woosh: Two North Shore Collections, Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver

Our Lacustrine Cities, Chapter NY, New York

Still Life: Looking at the Overlooked, Trepanier Baer, Calgary


L'intruse, Marcelle Alix, Paris

You've Really Got a Hold on Me, Oakville Galleries, Oakville


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
ZOO, Musée d'art contemporain, Montréal
After Presence, MacKenzie Art Gallery,
The Most She Weighed/The Least She
   Weighed, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
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,
Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape
   Manual, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
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,
Take Me There (Show Me The Way),
   Haunch of Venison, New York
Bureau de Change, Walter Phillips Gallery,
Comic Relief, National Gallery of Canada,
The Tree: from the Sublime to the Social,
   Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Momentum, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Remaking the Real, Susan Hobbs Gallery,
Burrow, Oakville Galleries, Oakville
Recent Acquistions, Musée d’art
   contemporain, Montréal
Cabin in the Snow, National Gallery of
   Canada, Ottawa
Borrowings, National Gallery of
   Canada, Ottawa
Embodied Matter, McMaster Museum of Art,
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,
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
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
Oasis, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montréal
Elusive Paradise, National Gallery of Canada,
Beaver Tales, Oakville Galleries, Oakville
singularFISSION, Diefenbunker, Carp
Model Homes: Explorations on
   Alternate Living, Edmonton Art
   Gallery, Edmonton
Points of View, McMaster Museum
   of Art, Hamilton
inSITE, San Diego\Tijuana
Real Fictions: Four Canadian Artists,
   Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney,
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
Canada, une nouvelle generation,
   FRAC des Pays de la Loire,
   Getigne-Clisson, France; Musee
   des beaux-arts, Dole, France
Pour la suite du Monde, Musee d’art
   contemporain, Montréal
More than one Photography, Museum
   of Modern Art, New York
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
Meeting Place: Robert Gober, Liz Magor,
   Juan Muñoz, Art Gallery of York
   University, Toronto; Nickle Arts Museum,
   Calgary; Vancouver Art Gallery,
Canadian Biennale of Contemporary Art,
   National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Camera Lucida, Walter Phillips Gallery,
Les Cents jours d’art contemporain,
   Centre international d’art
   contemporain, Montréal
Toronto: A Play of History (Jeu
   d’histoire), The Power Plant,
Active Surplus: The Economy of the
   Object, The Power Plant, Toronto
Documenta 8, Orangerie, Kassel,
Ten Years Later, Contemporary
   Art Gallery, Vancouver
Aurora Borealis, Centre international
   d’art contemporain, Montréal
Ian Carr-Harris / Liz Magor, XLI
   Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
1x2: Liz Magor and John McEwen,
   Glenbow Museum, Calgary
Mise en Scene, Vancouver Art Gallery,
The 4th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery
   of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
The Winnipeg Perspective 1981 – Ritual,
   Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg
Obsessions, Rituals, Controls, Mackenzie
   Art Gallery, Regina
West Coast Waves, Winnipeg Art Gallery,
Young Contemporaries ‘75, London
   Regional Art Gallery, London
Librations, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria,
Pacific Vibrations, Vancouver Art Gallery,


by Karen Hines (play)

Permanent Collection, Esker Foundation, September 2021

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Liz Magor’s new sculptures

by Tausif Noor (review)

The New York Times, 16 June 2021

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by Michael Turner (blog)

websit, 7 December 2020

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Life of Objects

by Tess Edmonson (interview)

Canadian Art, November 2020

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Liz Magor

by Nancy Tousley (review)

Border Crossings, December 2019

Liz Magor: BLOWOUT

by Dan Byers, Solveig Øvstebø, Sheila Heti, Mitch Speed
(exhibition catalogue)

Carpenter Center for the Arts/The Renaissance Society, Cambridge/Chicago, 2019

Zero Things

by Lee Ann Norman (interview)

Bomb Magazine, 18 June 2019

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Liz Magor: Blowout

by Jared Quinton (review)

The Brooklyn Rail, June 2019

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Growing Up and Letting Go With "Blowout"

by Andrew Farry (review)

The Chicago Maroon, 3 May 2019

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Liz Magor/Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

by Mira Dayal (review)

Artforum, May 2019

The things they carried, in a striking show at Harvard

by Murray Whyte (review)

The Boston Globe, 14 February 2019

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Contemporary Sculpture and the Critique of Display Cultures
Tainted Goods

by Dan Adler (book)

New York: Routledge, 2018

Cabin Fever

by Meredyth Cole (review)

Canadian Art, 19 July 2018

Picks: Liz Magor

by Simone Menegoi (review)

Artforum, March 2018

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Liz Magor

by staff (review)

The New Yorker, 1 January 2018

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Magor majeure

by Luc Clément (review)

Marie Claire, January 2018

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The Undercover Economist

by Stefan Heidenreich (review)

art agenda, 5 December 2017

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All The Names

by Kari Cwynar (essay)

Scrap Metal, October 2017

Der Geist in den Dingen

by Nicole Buesing und Heiko Klaas (review)

Dare Magazine, August 2017

Textiles/Liz Magor's Objects of Care

by Mitch Speed (article)

Berlin Art Link, 21 April 2017

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Liz Magor

by Penny Rafferty (review)

Art in America, 2 May 2017

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Katzen und Hunde, Alkohol und Zigaretten

by Beate Scheder (review)

Missy Magazine, February 2017

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Liz Magor

by Aoife Rosenmeyer (review)

Frieze, 10 March 2017

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Zwischen Fakt und Fake

by Gregor Lüthy (review)

Zürcher Miszellen, 26 February 2017

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Liz Magor

by Benjamin Klein (review)

Border Crossings, December 2016

Liz Magor/Vancouver


Art21, 2016

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Liz Magor - Le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine

by Guillaume Benoit (review)

Slash, 5 October 2016

Liz Magor, déchiffreuse de rebuts

by Judicaël Lavrador (review)

Libération, 18 September 2016

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Liz Magor: Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

by Nicholas Brown (review)

Canadian Art, Fall 2016

Liz Magor Waits, But Not For You

by E.C. Woodley (review)

Momus, 18 August 2016

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Liz Magor: Habitude

by Jon Davies (review)

frieze, 15 August 2016

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Two artists channel McLuhan's extensions

by Robert Everett-Green (review)

The Globe and Mail, 29 June 2016

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by Dan Adler, Lesley Johnstone, Liz Magor, Heike Munder and Bettina Steinbrügge

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst; Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2016

Liz Magor tackles the meaning of things in MAC exhibition Habitude

by Susan Schwartz (review)

Montreal Gazette, 22 June 2016

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Liz Magor, Susan Hobbs Gallery

by Lena Suksi (review)

C Magazine, Spring 2016

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The Scum on the Surface

by Daniella Sanader (exhibition essay)

Oakville Galleries, February 2016

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The Importance of Being an Influence by Jens Hoffmann

by Liz Magor (contribution)

Mousse Magazine, no 52, February 2016

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Liz Magor's Accumulations

by Bryne McLaughlin (review)

Canadian Art, 24 November 2015

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FrameWork 11/15

by Anne Low (essay)

Susan Hobbs Gallery, November 2015

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These are not ideas; these are things:
A conversation with Liz Magor

by Sky Goodden (interview)

Momus, 13 November 2015

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Animal instinct

by David Jager (review)

NOW Magazine, 12-18 November 2015

Gershon Iskowitz Prize Talk

by Liz Magor (talk)

Art Gallery of Ontario, 28 October 2015

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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), November 2013

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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

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Liz, Tailor

by Sarah Milroy (review)

The Globe and Mail, 1 December 2012

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The Potency of Ordinary Objects: a conversation with Liz Magor

by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo (article)

Sculpture, November 2012

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Liz Magor: Susan Hobbs

by E.C. Woodley (review)

Art in America, October 2011

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The familiar transformed into the mysterious

by R.M. Vaughan (review)

The Globe and Mail, 7 May 2011

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Real Dead Ringers: The Art of Liz Magor

by E.C. Woodley (article)

Border Crossings, Spring 2011

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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

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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: Henry Art 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

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Liz Magor: Susan Hobbs Gallery

by Dan Adler (review)

Artforum, Summer 2007

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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 Mary Jane Jacob (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