John Wood and Paul Harrison, installation view from ‘I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW IT’, Contemporary Art Gallery, February 12 – April 24, 2016. Photography by SITE Photography

Publication Review | Liz Magor: The Blue One Comes in Black

CAG library volunteer Lanna Last contributes a short review of the recent addition to the CAG shop of the 2017 publication of Liz Magor: The Blue One Comes in Black.

Liz Magor’s recent anthology The Blue One Comes in Black features essays by noted artists and authors. The publication focuses on the critically acclaimed artist’s object based practice and her major gallery exhibitions from 1986-2013. Celine Kopp, Lisa Robertson, and Jan Verwoert, discuss how Magor’s objects from new meanings and identities within space and the unique casting processes to reconstruct common objects. For example, how familiar apartment objects cast(s) of tables, chair, boxes, are utilized and take over the gallery space. Included in the publication is Magor’s prose piece “On Cigarettes” an previously unpublished paper, in English/French, about concepts of objects and art. Accompanied by numerous colour photographs, some essays focus on Magor’s earlier exhibitions, such as One Bedroom Apartment, 1996; other essays speak to Magor’s work in terms of theories of representation, a major theme, weaving all four essays together.

In 2015 the CAG was invited to take of over he Peep-Hole, Milan for the final installment of their Six Ways to Sunday initiative. For this partnership the CAG presented a solo exhibition exhibition of Magor’s work.

The exhibition entitled The Blue One Comes in Black follows the Peep-Hole, Milan exhibition and coincides with another international exhibition in 2017, of the same title, at the Centre d’art contemporarin d’Ivry – le Credac, Ivry-Sur -Seine.

Liz Magor: The Blue One Comes in Black publication can be purchased, in person at the CAG shop or online.