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View of Liam Gillick, “Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario,” 2009, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Photo: Nathan Keay.

Liam Gillick

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

View of Liam Gillick, “Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario,” 2009, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Photo: Nathan Keay.

NO ONE CAN DENY Liam Gillick’s ambition. Here is an artist who wants to take it all on: global capitalism, corporate identity, product design, institutional critique, modernism and its aftermath, Minimalism and its aftermath, literary conventions, the linearity of time itself. The forms of Gillick’s engagement are equally diverse, including sculpture, installation, print, video, and curatorial projects, as well as prolific writing of criticism, manifestos, and fiction. All of this is guided by an unresolved combination of the Marxist desire to explain everything with a single system (centered on economics) and a post-Marxist realization that no system can ever achieve this goal. And so Gillick often emphasizes the gaps within systems, or what he has described as “the peculiar sense of disorder that accompanies any visit to an apparently well-ordered bureaucratic setup.”

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