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Biography

LILIANA PORTER
[1941, Argentina/Lives in New York, NY]

“My work is … like watching a movie with the lights on…”​

Liliana Porter first studied art at the Manuel Belgrano School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, where she enrolled at the age of twelve. Five years later, she moved to Mexico City, where she entered the Universidad Iberoamericana and studied printmaking with Guillermo Silva Santamaría; during her studies, she also participated in an experimental workshop with Mathias Goeritz. She subsequently studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. In 1964, on her way to Paris, Porter visited New York. Drawn to the opportunities and museums in the city, she postponed her trip to Europe and moved permanently to New York. In 1965, along with artists Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo, she co-founded the New York Graphic Workshop, which produced prints while redefining conventional models for making and distributing art.

Porter’s work often places carefully chosen small figurines and other objects in monochromatic empty backgrounds, addressing larger philosophical questions and emotional states. Alongside printmaking, she has also worked extensively in the media of photography and video, and has created works on canvas, drawings, collages, and installations. She writes, “Many of these pieces depict a cast of characters that are inanimate objects, toys and figurines that I find in flea markets, antique stores, and other odd places. The objects have a double existence. On the one hand they are mere appearance, insubstantial ornaments, but, at the same time, have a gaze that can be animated by the viewer, who, through it, can project the inclination to endow things with an interiority and identity. These ‘theatrical vignettes’ are constructed as visual comments that speak of the human condition. I am interested in the simultaneity of humor and distress, banality and the possibility of meaning.” 

In 1973, Porter had a solo show in the Projects Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and in 1980, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Bronx Museum of Art held a retrospective exhibition of her work in 1991 and she has had solo exhibitions at the Museo Tamayo and the Phoenix Art Museum, among many other institutions in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.  Most recently, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) held a solo exhibition of her work in 2013. Porter was a professor at Queens College, CUNY from 1991 to 2007. She lives and works in New York.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023
Liliana Porter (a survey), Les Abattoirs Museum, Toulouse, France
Liliana Porter, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Liliana Porter, Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2022
Liliana Porter: Two Realities, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, MA, USA
Liliana Porter: Fox in the Mirror, Saint Louis Art Museum, MO, USA
Liliana Porter, Mor Charpentier Gallery, Paris, France

2021
Conjeturas, Galería del Paseo, Manantiales, Uruguay
The Light, Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid, Spain
Diálogo con eso, La Caja Negra, Madrid, Spain
Liliana Porter: The Riddle/ Charada, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Man with the Axe and Other Stories, Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery, Frist Art Museum Nashville, TN, USA

2020
Red Brush and Other Situations, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, Houston, TX, USA
Lado a Lado, Galería del Paseo, Manantiales, Uruguay

2019
Liliana Porter: Blue and Black, Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
The Riddle and Other Circumstances, Mor Charpentier Gallery, Paris, France
Liliana Porter: Situations, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
Liliana Porter: Other Situations, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA
Liliana Porter: Drum Solo, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA
Liliana Porter: Memorabilia, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

2018
Liliana Porter: Memorabilia, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Liliana Porter: Man with The Axe (Reconstruction of the original installation at the 57th Biennale of Venice), Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), FL, USA
Linha Do Tempo: Liliana Porter, Galería Luciana Brito, São Paulo, Brazil
Liliana Porter, ART OMI, Ghent, NY, USA

2017
Liliana Porter, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, UK
Liliana Porter, ART OMI, Ghent, NY, USA
Linha Do Tempo, Liliana Porter, Galería Luciana Brito, São Paulo, Brazil
Liliana Porter: Other Situations, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA, USA
Liliana Porter, Dialogues and Disobediences, Artium /Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Relatos Complices II: Works in Collaboration by Liliana Porter/Ana Tiscornia, Galería del Paseo, Manantiales, Montevideo, Uruguay
Liliana Porter: One Wall, One Work, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
Liliana Porter: The Order of Things and Other Works, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Accomplices: Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia, Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Relatos Cómplices II: Works in Collaboration by Liliana Porter / Ana Tiscornia, Galería del Paseo, Manantiales, Uruguay

2016
Liliana Porter: Actualidades / Breaking News, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Liliana Porter, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Liliana Porter, Actualidades / Breaking News, Espacio Minimo, Madrid, Spain
Liliana Porter, Museo Caraffa, Cordoba, Argentina
Relatos Complices: Liliana Porter/Ana Tiscornia, Beatriz Gil Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

2015
Liliana Porter, Museo de Bellas Artes de Neuquén, Argentina
Liliana Porter: To See Gold and other prints, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Liliana Porter, Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Franklin Rawson, San Juan, Argentina
Liliana Porter, Diagloue with Blue Mug, pick nick Works, Dandilands, Artemis Trail, Troodos, Cyprus
Liliana Porter, Selección de obra temprana y una reflexión desde el presente, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay
Liliana Porter: Reparar el piano y otros compromisos, Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2014
Entreactos: Situaciones Breves, Teatro Sarmiento, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Liliana Porter, El Hombre con el hacha y otras situciones breves, Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Guadalajara, Mexico
Untitled (shadows) 1969-2014, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

2013
The Square and other early works, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
El hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Fundación Costantini, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico
Liliana Porter, Museo Rayo, Roldanillo, Colombia
Liliana Porter, 1973, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

2012
Fragment of the Cast, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Liliana Porter, Galerie Mor-Charpentier, Paris, France
Disguise, Caja Negra, Madrid, Spain
Conejo que levita y otras obras recientes, Centro Cultura de España, Santiago, Chile
Recent Work, Baginski Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
The Task, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Liliana Porter, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

2011
Liliana Porter, New Work, Hosfelt Gallery, New York, NY, USA
The Enemy e Outros Olhares Obliquos (The Enemy & Other Oblique Gazes), Galería Luciana Brito, São Paulo, Brazil; Galería Lucia de la Puente, Lima, Peru
Situations with Levitating Rabbit, Galería Espacio Minimo, Madrid, Spain; Galería del Paseo, Manantiales, Montevideo, Uruguay

2010
New Works, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, USA

2009
Matiné, Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina
To Sweep, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Trabajo forzado, Toll Gallery, Montevideo, Uruguay
Línea de Tiempo / Time Line, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. Mexico
Liliana Porter, Simmons Visual Art Center, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA, USA

2008
Liliana Porter, Fox in the Mirror, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Liliana Porter, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
To See Blue, Galería Brito Cimino, São Paulo, Brazil
Levitating Rabbit, Leo Fortuna Gallery, Hudson, NY, USA
Liliana Porter, Hosfelt Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2007
From a Drawing Standpoint, Leo Fortuna Gallery, Hudson, NY, USA
Liliana Porter, Hosfelt Gallery, New York, NY, USA
For Instance, Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Rome, Italy
To See Red, Galería Espacio Minimo, Madrid, Spain

2006
Red with Eagle, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Recent Works, Goya-Girl Contemporary, Baltimore, MD, USA
For Instance, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2005
Girl with Rubber Dog and other Situations, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Eventos Breves, Sala de Verónicas, Murcia, Spain
Deer/Dear y otros raros encuentros, Galería Petrus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Palacio Véronicas, Murcia, Spain
Ellos y algunos otros, Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fictions and Other Realities, Georgia State University Ernst G Welch School of Art and Design Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA (Two-person collaboration between Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia)
Dialogo con tetera y otros raros encuentros, Casas Reigner Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia

2004
For You, Print Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Eventos Breves, Palacio Aguirre, Cartagena, Spain.
Inter-missions, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Liliana Porter: Brief Events, Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, MA, USA

2003
Eventos breves, Palacio Aguirre, Cartagena, Spain; Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid, Spain
To Blink, Casas Riegner Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
Liliana Porter: Una puesta en Imagines, Teorética, San José, Costa Rica
Dot and Others, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Liliana Porter: Fotografia y Ficción, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museo Castagnino, Rosario, Argentina

2002
Please, Don’t Move! Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
To Go Back, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2001
For You / Para Usted, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
To Say Something, Galería Brito Cimino, São Paulo, Brazil

2000
Liliana Porter, Sicardi-Sanders Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Liliana Porter, Espacio Mínimo, Murcia, Spain
Liliana Porter, Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Liliana Porter: Recent Works, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY, USA
The Space Inside the Mirror, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, USA
Liliana Porter, Emiso Art Center Gallery, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, USA
The Secret Lives of Toys: Liliana Porter Photographs, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ, USA
Drum Solo/ Solo de Tambor, Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid, Spain

1999
For You / Para Usted, Projects, ARCO, Madrid, Spain; Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY; Blue Star Artspace, San Antonio, TX, USA
Liliana Porter, Artcore Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1998
Ellos y algunos otros, Espacio Mínimo, Murcia, Spain
Arte Poética, University Art Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts, State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York, NY, USA

1997
Fotografías Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Diálogos, Museo de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, Montevideo, Uruguay

1996
Them, Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1995
Liliana Porter: Poetry and Paradox, University Art Gallery, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA

1994
Illusion/Fragments/Reality, The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, USA
Liliana Porter, Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1993
Liliana Porter: A Retrospective of Graphic Art 1968-1993, Reading Public Museum, PA, USA
Liliana Porter-Simulacrum, Steimbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1992
Fragments of the Journey 1968-1991, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, TX ; Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY, USA

1991
Liliana Porter, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, USA
Obra Gráfica: 1964-1990, Centro de Recepciones del Gobierno, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Galería-Taller, Museo de Arte Moderno, Cali, Colombia
Galería Diners, Bogotá, Colombia

1990
Selection of Works: 1968-1990, Museo Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Montevideo, Uruguay; Fundación San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Galería Garces Velasquez, Bogotá, Colombia

1989
The Art of Metaphor: Liliana Porter, The World Gallery, Schine Student Center, Syracuse University, New York, NY, USA

1988
Galería Krysztofory, Krakow, Poland
Galería Latinoamericana, Casa de Las Américas, Havana, Cuba
The Space, Boston, MA, USA
Invitation of Honor, XXIV Salon Nacional de Grabado y Dibujo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1987
Galería Taller, Museo de Arte Moderno, Cali, Colombia
Galería Diners, Bogotá, Colombia

1986
Galería Luigi Marrozzini, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1985
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA

1984
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panamá City, Panamá
Galería Garcés Velasquez, Bogotá, Colombia
Centro de Arte Actual, Pereira, Bogotá, Colombia
Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA

1983
Galerie Jolliet, Montreal, Canada
Galería Taller, Museo de Arte Moderno, Cali, Colombia

1982
Galería Garces Velasquez, Bogotá, Colombia
Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA

1980
Center for Inter-American Relations, New York, NY, USA
Galería Arte Nuevo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1979
Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA

1978
Museo de Arte Moderno, Cali, Colombia
Galería Arte Múltiple, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1977
Hundred Acres Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Galería Arte Múltiple, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Galería Arte Comunale, Adro, Brescia, Italy

1976
Gallería della Villa Schifanoia, Florence, Italy
Gallería Ariete Gráfica, Milan, Italy

1975
Hundred Acres Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Galería Belarca, Bogotá, Colombia

1974
Hundred Acres Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Galería Conkright, Caracas, Venezuela
Galerie Stampa, Basel, Switzerland
Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia
Galería Colibri, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1973
Hundred Acres Gallery, New York, NY, USA
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA  (Project Series)
Galería Conz, Venice, Italy

1972
Galería Diagramma, Milan, Italy
Librería Einaudi, Milan, Italy
Printshop, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1969
Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Escuela de Arquitectura, Caracas, Venezuela
Associated American Artists, New York, NY, USA

1968
Solo exhibitions in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and others

1967
Mail Exhibition, New York Graphic Workshop, various locations

1966
Galería Amigos del Arte, Montevideo, Uruguay
Galería Lirolay, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gallery Dache, New York, NY, USA

1964
Van Bovenkamp Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1963
Galería Plastica de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Prints International, Ontario, Canada
Galería Lirolay, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1962
Galería Nice, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1961
Galería Glantz, Mexico City, Mexico
Galería Galatea, Buenos Aires, Argentina
House of Prints, Toronto, Canada

1960
Galería Los Petules, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico City, Mexico
Galería Municipal de Veracruz, Mexico City, Mexico

1959
Galería Proteo, Mexico City, Mexico

Selected Public Collections

Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, OH, USA

Amelita Fortabat, Buenos Aires, Argentina

American Express, Miami, FL, USA

A.T. & T. Corporation, New York, NY, USA

La Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA

Booz, Allen & Company, New York, NY, USA

Boras Konstmuseum, Sweden

British Museum, London, UK        

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Bronx Museum for the Arts, Bronx, NY, USA

Brown, Wood, Ivy, Petty & Mitchell, New York, NY, USA

Casa de las Américas, Habana, Cuba

Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, USA

Chase Manhattan Bank, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Chase Manhattan Bank, Hong Kong

Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY, USA

Clouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland

Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, MA, USA

DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, USA

Estee Lauder Collection, New York, NY, USA

FEMSA Collection, Monterrey, Mexico

Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA, USA

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA

Foote, Cone & Belding, New York, NY, USA

Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN, USA

I.B.M. Corporation, Endicott, NY, USA

Instituto de Cultura, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Instituto Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba

International Graphic Art Society, New York, NY, USA

Kelly, Drye & Warren, New York, NY, USA

LeBouef, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae, New York, NY, USA

Marion and Jorge Helft Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mellon Bank, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA

Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA, USA

Ministry of Culture Francaise, Belgium

Munson Williams Proctor Fine Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, NY, USA

Musee D'Art Contemporaine, Montreal, Canada

Musee D'Art, Lodz, Poland

Museo Castagnino-Marco, Rosario, Argentina

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, A.C. Mexico

Museo de Arte Contemporâneo, Murcia, Spain

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panama City, Panama

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Fundación Costantini, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno, Cali, Colombia

Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Museo de Bellas Artes, Santander, Spain

Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico   

Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA

Museo del Grabado, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC), Badajoz, Spain

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico

Museo Universitario, Mexico City, Mexico

Museu da Gravura, Curitiba, Brazil

Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA

Museum of Contemporary Graphic Art, Fredrikstad, Norway

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

Needham Harper Worldwide, New York, NY, USA

News Corporation United, New York, NY, USA

The New York Public Library, New York, NY, USA

Pepper, Hamilton & Scheets, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, PA, USA

Phillip Morris Collection, New York, NY, USA

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA

RCA Corporation

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., USA

St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, USA

Southeast Banking Corporation

Tate Modern, London, UK

Walt Disney Productions, Burbank, CA, USA

Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, USA

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