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Liam Gillick

°1964, Aylesbury (UK) – lives and works in New York (US)

Liam Gillick is one of the most prominent and important figures to have emerged in international contemporary art since the mid-1990s. The diverse forms of his art—ranging across sculpture, installation, film-making, writing and other, widely varied, collaborative projects—often allude to pivotal moments in the history of modern and postmodern art. In particular, the profound, dual influence of minimalism and conceptualism is evident both in his recurrent sculptural use of sleek modular forms (strictly colour-coded based on the RAL system) and in his continued commitment to more ‘dematerialised’ modes of practice (his many texts and talks are, for example, understood as integral elements of his art).

Crucially, however, Gillick’s references to prior forms of progressive art are always situated in relation to other vital co-ordinates for understanding the place of art within contemporary culture. Questions of economy, labour and social organisation are ongoing pre-occupations. So, the precisely calibrated use of Plexiglas and aluminium in a Liam Gillick sculpture might recall minimalism’s ‘specific objects’, but these materials are also employed on the basis of other associations—as, for example, the main components of riot shields or corporate signage. Gillick’s work brings apparently contradictory meanings into renewed proximity, thus repeatedly testing—and troubling—the terms and expectations of art within contemporary capitalism.

(courtesy of Kerlin Gallery)

Liam Gillick has had many solo exhibitions, including Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MAGASIN, Grenoble; Kunsthalle Zürich; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MoMA, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Tate, London. Selected biennales include Yinchuan Biennale, China; EVA International, Ireland; Istanbul Biennale; Shanghai Biennale; and the Venice Biennale. Gillick’s work is held in important public collections such as FRAC, France; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Guggenheim Museum, New York and Bilboa; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Fundación Jumex, Mexico; Tate Modern, London; MAK, Vienna; and MoMA, New York.

Liam Gillick is represented by the following galleries;
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Maureen Paley, London  

Esther Schipper, Berlin  

Casey Kalpan, New York  

Kerlin Gallery, Dublin  

Air de Paris, Paris

You can also discover more of Lian Gillick’s work on his own website