Biography

MARCO MAGGI (b. 1957, Uruguay)

“Our time is so preoccupied with the spectacle of macro drama that delicacy… has become subversive.”

New York-based Uruguayan artist Marco Maggi takes everyday objects such as photocopy paper, aluminum foil, apples, and parking mirrors as the foundations for his precisely-rendered sculptures and drawings. Using humor, wordplay, and a range of visual allusions, Maggi uses his meticulous processes to explore the relationship between information and knowledge in our contemporary world.

Maggi attended the State University of New York, New Paltz (SUNY), graduating with an MFA in Printmaking in 1998. The medium, he has said, interested him not for its process, but for the way in which it provided a “threshold between two and three dimensions.” This formal interest connects directly to Maggi’s longstanding concern with the variability of knowledge—the way in which overwhelming amounts of information are disseminated flatly, deflecting introspection or focus.  By making works that are both subtle and meticulous, Maggi encourages his viewers to slow down and reflect upon each object’s details and intricacies; that act, of slow looking, is a political act that runs counter to the dominant tendency to look quickly and superficially. Myopia, Maggi writes, is the “best answer to globalization… delicacy is a subversive activity and to pay attention is really shocking.”

Describing Maggi’s work, artist and curator Ana Tiscornia writes, “Whether one or a thousand sheets of paper, an apple or a ceramic board, a metal ruler or a piece of Plexiglas, an aluminum roll or a copper sheet; whether he uses a pencil or a scalpel, Marco Maggi always seems to be organizing some kind of coded information. Actually, his intricate marks, formations of diminutive lines, refined drawings, are universes in permanent expansion that connote readings of the illegible, or organized archives of the unfathomable, but they ultimately refer to the ungraspable element in any information.”

Maggi lives and works in New York and Uruguay.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Marco Maggi - Hosfelt Gallery - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2017

Galeria Nara Roesler, New York, Theory of the Inevitable Convergence

 

Marco Maggi - Putin´s Pencils - Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX

 

Marco Maggi: Global Myopia (Language in Residence) Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, US

 

Marco Maggi: The Gold and the Moor, Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2016

Language Descending a Staircase, East Wing Biennial at Courtauld Art Institute, London, UK

 

Piano Piano, Espacio Monitor, Caracas, Venezuela 

2015

DEPLOYER, Xippas Gallery, Paris, France

 

Unfolding Marco Maggi, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY, USA

 

Sentence with Three Corners, Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil 

 

Into Whiter Space, Sayago & Pardon, Los Angeles, CA, USA

 

Global Myopia (Pencil & Paper), 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2013

Fanfold, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2012

Figari Prize XVII, Museo Figari, Montevideo, Uruguay

 

Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador

 

Turn Left, Xippas Gallery, Paris, France

 

La Menor Idea, Galería Cayón, Madrid, Spain

 

No Idea, MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA, USA

 

Lentissimo, Vassar College Museum, New York, NY, USA

 

“Desinformação funcional, desenhos em português”, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

2011

Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador (curated by Agnaldo Faria)

 

Optimismo Radical, NC-Arte, Bogotá, Colombia

 

X-ACTO, Xippas Gallery, Montevideo, Uruguay

 

From Huguenot to Microwave, Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY, USA

2010

Al calor del pensamiento, Fundacíon Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain

 

Infintesimal, Galería el Paseo, Punta del Este, Uruguay

 

Parking any time, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY, USA

 

American Ream, Syracuse University, Palitz Gallery at Lubin House, New York, NY, USA

 

Lentissimo, Vassar Museum, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

2009 

American Ream, Warehouse Gallery at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA

 

Slow Scandal, Point of Contact Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA

 

Cubic Drops, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2008

Slow Politics, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

 

Nara Roesler Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil

2007

By disappointment only, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY, USA

 

“From a Drawing Standpoint,” Leo Fortuna Gallery, Hudson, NY, USA

2006

Off/Fora, 29th Pontevedra Biennial, Pontevedra, Spain

 

Profiles: The Ted Turner Catalog (from CNN to DNA), Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2005

The Ted Turner Collection, Complete Coverage, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY, USA

 

El Papel Del Papel, Centro Colombo Americano, Bogota, Colombia

 

Hotbed e Altre Storie, Vitamin Arte Contemporáneo, Torino, Italy

 

From DNA to CNN, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

 

Video Box (with Ken Solomon), Centro Cultural Reina Sofia, Montevideo, Uruguay

2004

Fifth Gwangju Biennial, Korea

2003

inCUBAdora, VIII Havana Biennial, Cuba

 

Constructing & Demolishing, Cristinerose, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York exPECTACLE, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Construcciones & Demoliciones, dibujos en español, Centro Cultural Reina Sofia, Montevideo, Uruguay

2002

25th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil

 

Hotbed Online, Sala Uno, Rome, Italy

 

PreColumbian & PostClintonian, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

 

Micro Macro, DAN Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil

2001

Global Myopia, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, USA

 

BITniks, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2000

The Pencil Monologues, 123 Watts, New York, NY, USA

 

Hardware vs. Software, Miller & Block Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

 

micro, macro, mArco, Project Room, 123 Watts/ARColorado, Madrid

1999

From Freezer to Microwave, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

1998

Techtonic, 123 Watts, New York, NY, USA

Selected Public Collections

American Express

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, NY, USA

Dacra, Miami, FL, USA

Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland

De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York, NY, USA

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, USA

Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY, USA

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, São Paulo, Brazil

Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, CA, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA

Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, OH

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA, USA

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA

Sprint Corporation, Overland Park, KS, USA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA