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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

2021    
No visual distancing please…, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, Houston, TX, USA
La Revolte du Detail, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France

2019    
INITIALISM (From Obscurantism to Enlightenment), Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY, USA
En Defense de Las Vocales, Galeria Cayon, Madrid, Spain

2018    
SUPRA muro, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
O Papel é Inocente (Paper is not guilty), Brazilian Museum of Sculpture (MUBE), San Paulo, Brazil 

2017    
Theory of the Inevitable Convergence, Galeria Nara Roesler, New York, NY, USA
Marco Maggi, Putin´s Pencils, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX. USA
Marco Maggi: Global Myopia (Language in Residence), Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Marco Maggi: The Gold and the Moor, Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2016    
Language Descending a Staircase, East Wing Biennial, The Courtauld Art Institute, London, UK
Piano Piano, Espacio Monitor, Caracas, Venezuela 
Language in Residence, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2015    
DEPLOYER, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France
Marco Maggi: Unfolding, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Sentence with Three Corners, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil 
Into Whiter Space, Sayago & Pardon, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Global Myopia (Pencil & Paper), 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Drawing Attention, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, USA
Marco Maggi / Piano Piano, Espacio Monitor, Caracas, Venezuela 
Vuelva Usted Mañana, Galeria Cayon, Madrid, Spain

2014    
West Vs. East, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
White Specific, Sayago Pardon, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2013    
Fanfold, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2012    
Figari Prize XVII, Museo Figari, Montevideo, Uruguay
Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador
Turn Left, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France
Le Menor Idea, Galería Cayón, Madrid, Spain
No Idea, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, CA, USA
Lentissimo, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College Museum, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Desinformação funcional, desenhos em portugués, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

2011    
Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador (curated by Agnaldo Faria)
Optimismo Radical, NC-Arte, Bogotá, Colombia
X-ACTO, Xippas arte contemporaneo, 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, Palitz Gallery at Lubin House, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA
Lentissimo, Vassar Museum, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

2009     
American Ream, Warehouse Gallery, 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
Hipo-Real, 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
Micro and Soft on Macintosh Apple (with Ken Solomon), Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, 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, Bogotá, 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 Sofía, Montevideo, Uruguay
Le deMond Diplomatique, Galerie Frank, Paris, France
Pages, iSpace, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, Chicago, IL, USA

2004    
Fifth Gwangju Biennial, Korea
Micro & Soft on Macintosh Apple, video collaboration with Ken Solomon, Cristinerose/Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2003    
inCUBAdora, VIII Havana Biennial, Cuba
Constructing & Demolishing, Cristinerose, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY, USA
exPECTACLE, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Construcciones & Demoliciones, dibujos en español, Centro Cultural Reina Sofía, Montevideo, Uruguay
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Argentina

2002    
25th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil
Hotbed Line, Gallery Sala Uno, Rome, Italy
PreColumbian & PostClintonian, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Micro Macro, DAN Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil
Portuguese Drawings, Dan Galeria, Sao 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 Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Hardware vs. Software, Miller & Block Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
micro, macro, mArco (0002-9991: a retrospective), ARCO Project Room, Madrid, Spain

1999    
From Freezer to Microwave, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

1998    
Techtonic, 123 Watts Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Selected Public Collections

American Express, New York, NY, USA

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA

Colección Jumex, México City, México

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

D. Daskalopoulos Collection, Halandri, Greece

Dacra, Miami, FL, USA

Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland

De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA

Diane and Bruce Halle Collection, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Dorsky Museum, New Paltz University, New York, NY, USA

El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN, USA

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

Loeb and Lehman Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY, USA

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, São Paulo, Brazil

Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, México City, México

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 Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, CA, USA

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

Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA

Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, OH, USA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco, CA, USA

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

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

Sprint Corporation, Overland Park, KS, USA

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA

The Drawing Center, New York, NY, USA

The Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York, NY, USA

The Rachofsky House, Dallas, TX, USA

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA

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