Liz Magor’s work finds its center in the peripheral, often replicating the overlooked trappings of daily life and re-presenting them in new contexts. Activated by an interest in the covert, these constructions blur the lines between reality, imagination, and simulation. Creating new and expanded associations, Magor simultaneously draws attention to the objects’ original intentions to satisfy our need for protection, comfort, and affirmation. Liz Magor lives and works in Vancouver.
In 2023, MOCA, Toronto presented The Separation, a solo exhibition including newly commissioned works. Additionally, the travelling survey exhibition The Rise and The Fall was presented at the Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art, Dublin, and travelled to Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, Essex (2023). Past solo exhibitions include: I Have Wasted My Life at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York (2021), Liz Magor: BLOWOUT at The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL, and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, MA (2019), and Previously… at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York (2017), you you you, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, traveled to Migros Museum, Zurich, and MAMAC, Nice, Centre d’art contemporain d'Ivry - le Crédac, Paris (2017), Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal (2016), the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2015), Peep-hole, Milan (2015), Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver (2014), and Triangle France, Marseilles (2013). Liz Magor has additionally participated in significant group exhibitions, including in Documenta 8, Kassel (1987), and the 41st Venice Biennale, Venice (1984).
Magor’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Lafayette Collection, Paris; Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zürich; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario; Pinault Collection, Venice, and Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver.