For the second in this series of lectures, seminal artist Liam Gillick discusses his conceptually-driven practice, returning to the site of his commission for Whitechapel Gallery’s Zilkha Auditorium.
The Gerrard O’Carroll Memorial Lecture seeks to explore alternative dialogues between art, architecture and design – from the subversive and spectacular, to the intimate and experimental – and features visionary practitioners elaborating on the thought and process behind their work.
Liam Gillick is an artist based in New York. His solo exhibitions include The Wood Way, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2002; A short text on the possibility of creating an economy of equivalence, Palais de Tokyo, 2005 and the retrospective project Three Perspectives and a short scenario, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Kunsthalle Zurich, Kunstverein, München and the MCA, Chicago, 2008-2010. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002 and the Vincent Award at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2008. Many public commissions and projects include the Home Office in London (2005) and the Dynamica Building in Guadalajara, Mexico (2009). In 2006 he was a central figure in the free art school projectunitednationsplaza in Berlin that travelled to Mexico City and New York. In 2012 a survey of work from the 1990s titled Liam Gillick: From 199A to 199B opened at the CCS Bard Hessel Museum; a companion exhibition From 199C to 199D opened at Magasin, Grenoble in 2014.
Gillick has published a number of texts that function in parallel to his artwork. A critical reader titled Meaning Liam Gillick, was published by MIT Press (2009). An anthology of his artistic writing titled Allbooks was also published by Book Works, London (2009). In addition he has contributed to many art magazines and journals including Parkett, Frieze, Art Monthly, October and Art Forum. Gillick taught at Columbia University in New York from 1997 to 2013 and the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College since 2008.
Gillick was selected to represent Germany for the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. The resulting work is in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Bilbao. His work is also included in public collections such as Arts Council, UK; Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York and Guggenheim Museum, New York.