Magor, Liz

 Liz Magor, artist (born at Winnipeg, Man 11 Apr 1948). Liz Magor began her career on the West Coast and lived and worked in Toronto from 1985 to the mid-1990s. During this period she taught at the ONTARIO COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN. Magor currently lives and works in Vancouver.

Liz Magor was educated at the University of British Columbia, the Parsons School of Design, New York, and the Vancouver School of Art. She has exhibited her work regularly since 1977, first becoming known for her labour-intensive installations that used evocative material relations to investigate the nature of the artist's role and the personal and social representation of time and change. Magor has used SCULPTURE, installation and, more recently, PHOTOGRAPHY, in work that has both led and participated in the debates of the last decade around issues of cultural, social and gender-related identity, and the relationship of the representation of identity to memory and ideology.

Magor's work has been included in several major group exhibitions, including the 4th Biennial Sydney (Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1982); XLI Venice Biennial, Venice, 1984 (Ian Carr Harris/Liz Magor); Aurora Borealis (Centre international d'art contemporain, Montréal); Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany, 1987; and the Canadian Biennial of Contemporary Art (National Gallery of Canada, 1989). In 1991 she participated in Places with a Past: Site Specific Art in Charleston, Spoleto Festival, Charleston, South Carolina, and in 1997 she participated in Insite '97, a site-specific cross-border exhibition of artists from the Americas in San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico. In 2001 she was one of ten artists selected to participate in Elusive Paradise: The Millennium Prize, a competition and exhibition organized by the NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA. In 1996 she created Messanger for the Toronto Sculpture Garden, and in 1999 York University commissioned Keep, a major sculpture for the University's central square.

She has had major solo exhibitions at, among others, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto (1987), the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, and the Art Gallery of York University (2000). The VANCOUVER ART GALLERY and the Power Plant, Toronto, produced a survey exhibition in 2003, and she has recently completed public commissions for Oakville Galleries and at Coal Harbour, Vancouver. Her work was included in the exhibition Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art, which toured numerous public galleries on the West Coast during 2003 and 2004.

In 2001, Magor was the recipient of a Governor General's Award in the Visual Arts.