Artists
Marco Maggiborn 1957, Uruguay
Marco Maggi

“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

2015: 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

Color Files, Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), Long Beach, CA, USA
Lentissimo, Vassar College Museum, New York, NY, USA
2011: Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador
Optimismo Radical, NC-Arte, Bogotá, Colombia
2010: Al calor del pensamiento, Fundacíon Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain
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
2006: Off/Fora, 29th Pontevedra Biennial, Pontevedra, Spain
Profiles: The Ted Turner Catalog (from CNN to DNA), Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2005: From DNA to CNN, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Video Box (with Ken Solomon), Centro Cultural Reina Sofia, Madrid

2004: Fifth Gwangju Biennial, Korea
2003: inCUBAdora, VIII Havana Biennial, Cuba
Construcciones & Demoliciones, dibujos en español, Centro Cultural Reina Sofia, Madrid
2002: 25th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil
PreColumbian & PostClintonian, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
2001: Global Myopia, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, USA
 

Marco Maggi’s work has also appeared in numerous group exhibitions, including Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions, LA MoCA, Los Angeles (2009); WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2009); White Noise, DePauw University, Indiana (2009); Under the Knife, Museum of Arts & Design, New York (2009); New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930-2006, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (2008); Poetics of the Handmade, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2006-2007); and Drawing from the Modern, 1975-2005, MoMA, New York (2005).

 

Maggi’s work has been written about in numerous publications, including Artnews, Art and Auction, Arte al Dia International, Time Out New York, Cabinet, ArtNews, Village Voice, Art Journal, ArtNexus, The New York Times, ArtForum.com, ArtForum, The New Yorker.

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

American Express

The 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

The Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York, NY, USA

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

The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY, USA

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, São Paulo, Brazil

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

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

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

The 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

The Sprint Corporation, Overland Park, KS, USA

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

 

For full CV please download the PDF below.

Download PDF

EXHIBITIONS Marked Pages
Contemporary Drawing
View
EXHIBITIONS Marco Maggi
From DNA to CNN
View
EXHIBITIONS Group Show
de la Mora, Maggi, Muñoz, Roj...
View
EXHIBITIONS Pressed
Prints from Latin America
View
EXHIBITIONS Divergent
Asis, Esmeraldo, Ferrari, Fer...
View
EXHIBITIONS Marco Maggi
Slow Politics
View
EXHIBITIONS marco maggi
fanfold
View
EXHIBITIONS Building Arts
Alexander Apostol, Dias & Rie...
View
EXHIBITIONS Group Exhibition: Marta Chilindron,...

View
EXHIBITIONS Marked Pages II

View
 
NEWS Marco Maggi
NC-Arte
View
NEWS Marco Maggi
The Morgan Library & Museum
View
NEWS Maggi, de la Mora, Ríos, and Rojas
Sicardi Gallery at The Armory ...
View
NEWS Marco Maggi
56th Venice Biennale
View
NEWS Magdalena Fernández, Marco Maggi,...
SPACE
View
NEWS Marco Maggi
Kemper Museum
View
NEWS Marco Maggi
East Wing Biennial: Artificial...
View
NEWS Marco Maggi
Sayago & Pardon Collection
View
NEWS Marco Maggi and Gabriel de la Mora
The Art Museum of Southeast Te...
View
NEWS Marco Maggi
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, ...
View
 
PUBLICATIONS Marco Maggi
Global Myopia (paper & pencil)
View
PROJECTS Celebrating 20 Years

View
PRESS Marco Maggi | NY Times
2015
Download PDF
PRESS Marco Maggi | ArtNexus
2012
Download PDF
PRESS Marco Maggi | Art Nexus
2009
Download PDF
PRESS Marco Maggi | Boston Globe
2008
Download PDF
PRESS Marco Maggi | Art Nexus
2005
Download PDF
PRESS Marco Maggi | Art Forum
2003
Download PDF
PRESS Marco Maggi | Art Forum
2002
Download PDF
PRESS Marco Maggi | Art Forum
2001
Download PDF
 
Contact