Skip to content

One of the most important figures in international contemporary art, Liam Gillick works across diverse forms, including sculpture and installation. A theorist, curator and educator as well as an artist, his wider body of work includes published essays and texts, lectures, curatorial and collaborative projects, all of which inform (and are informed by) his art practice. Gillick’s line of enquiry is into conditions of production, including how it continues to operate in a post-industrial landscape: questions of economy, labour and social organisation are ongoing preoccupations. He is perhaps best-known for producing sculptural objects – platforms, screens, models, benches, prototypes, signage, or structural supports made from sleek modular Plexiglas and aluminium forms in standardised colours from the RAL system. These seductive materials speak the language of renovation and development: originally refined by the military, they’ve been widely used in corporate interiors since the 1990s, a decade in which post-industrial societies saw a shift from the collective to the individualist and privatised. Drawing upon engineering and industrial design as well as the legacy of hard-edged minimalism, these abstract quasi-architectural forms offer a critique of neo-liberal or corporate aesthetics, automation and endless (re)development. Focusing on secondary or incomplete forms such as screens and platforms, Gillick pinpoints structures which have a potential to destabilise the power of architecture and the architecture of power, creating generative spaces for discussion or the development of ideas.

 

Liam Gillick lives and works in New York.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Liam Gillick Kinetic Energy of Rigid Bodies, 2021 
Liam Gillick Kinetic Energy of Rigid Bodies, 2021
Liam Gillick Kinetic Energy of Rigid Bodies, 2021
Liam Gillick Kinetic Energy of Rigid Bodies, 2021 

Liam Gillick
Kinetic Energy of Rigid Bodies, 2021 
matte black vinyl on wall
315 x 170 cm / 124 x 78.7 in  

Inquire
Liam Gillick  Diversity Channelled, 2018
Liam Gillick  Diversity Channelled, 2018
Liam Gillick  Diversity Channelled, 2018
Liam Gillick  Diversity Channelled, 2018
Liam Gillick  Diversity Channelled, 2018

Liam Gillick 
Diversity Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
32 x 90 x 8 cm / 12.6 x 35.4 x 3.1 in 

 

Inquire
Liam Gillick  Critical tiles..., 2018

Liam Gillick 
Critical tiles..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 300 cm / 118.1 x 118.1 in   

 

Inquire
Liam Gillick  Expansion Channelled, 2018
Liam Gillick  Expansion Channelled, 2018
Liam Gillick  Expansion Channelled, 2018
Liam Gillick  Expansion Channelled, 2018
Liam Gillick  Expansion Channelled, 2018
Liam Gillick  Expansion Channelled, 2018

Liam Gillick 
Expansion Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
16 x 45 x 8 cm / 6.3 x 17.7 x 3.1 in 

 

Inquire
Liam Gillick  Denominator Platform, 2018
Liam Gillick  Denominator Platform, 2018
Liam Gillick  Denominator Platform, 2018

Liam Gillick 
Denominator Platform, 2018
powder-coated aluminium, plexiglass
200 x 300 x 5 cm / 78.7 x 118.1 x 2 in 

 

Inquire
Liam Gillick  Reached Horizon, 2017
Liam Gillick  Reached Horizon, 2017
Liam Gillick  Reached Horizon, 2017
Liam Gillick  Reached Horizon, 2017
Liam Gillick  Reached Horizon, 2017
Liam Gillick  Reached Horizon, 2017

Liam Gillick 
Reached Horizon, 2017
powder-coated aluminium, 30 elements
185 x 400 x 5 cm / 72.8 x 157.5 x 2 in 
5 x 200 x 5 cm / 2 x 78.7 x 2 in each element

 

Inquire
Liam Gillick  Distinct Elevation, 2017
Liam Gillick  Distinct Elevation, 2017
Liam Gillick  Distinct Elevation, 2017
Liam Gillick  Distinct Elevation, 2017
Liam Gillick  Distinct Elevation, 2017
Liam Gillick  Distinct Elevation, 2017

Liam Gillick 
Distinct Elevation, 2017
powder-coated aluminium, Plexiglas
200 x 280 x 140 cm / 78.7 x 110.2 x 55.1 in 

Inquire
Liam Gillick  Neural Mechanisms, 2016
Liam Gillick  Neural Mechanisms, 2016
Liam Gillick  Neural Mechanisms, 2016
Liam Gillick  Neural Mechanisms, 2016
Liam Gillick  Neural Mechanisms, 2016
Liam Gillick  Neural Mechanisms, 2016

Liam Gillick 
Neural Mechanisms, 2016
birch plywood, two pack lacquer - RAL6018, mirror
2 elements, desk and stool
200 x 102.5 x 30 cm / 78.7 x 40.4 x 11.8 in 
50 x 40 x 40 cm / 19.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 in 

 

Inquire
Liam Gillick  Captured Plant, 2013
Liam Gillick  Captured Plant, 2013
Liam Gillick  Captured Plant, 2013
Liam Gillick  Captured Plant, 2013
Liam Gillick  Captured Plant, 2013

Liam Gillick 
Captured Plant, 2013
powder-coated aluminium, Plexiglas, unique
two elements each:
50 x 80 x 10 cm / 19.7 x 31.5 x 3.9 in 
110 x 80 x 10 cm / 43.3 x 31.5 x 3.9 in total

Inquire
Liam Gillick  Leeched Screen, 2014
Liam Gillick  Leeched Screen, 2014
Liam Gillick  Leeched Screen, 2014
Liam Gillick  Leeched Screen, 2014

Liam Gillick 
Leeched Screen, 2014
powder-coated aluminium, Plexiglas
304.8 x 213.5 x 31.5 cm / 120 x 84.1 x 12.4 in 

 

Inquire
Liam Gillick  riggedattraction, 2014

Liam Gillick 
riggedattraction, 2014
powder-coated aluminium, 50 elements
each element 180 x 3 x 10 cm / 70.9 x 1.2 x 3.9 in
total size 180 x 640 x 10 cm / 70.9 x 252 x 3.9 in

Inquire
Liam Gillick  A Short Song, 2013

Liam Gillick 
A Short Song, 2013
powder-coated, water-cut aluminium
dimensions variable

Inquire
Liam  Gillick  A Game of War Structure, 2011
Liam Gillick
Liam Gillick
Liam Gillick
Liam  Gillick  A Game of War Structure, 2011

Liam  Gillick 
A Game of War Structure, 2011
anodized and powder-coated aluminium
106.5 x 125 x 155 cm / 41.9 x 49.2 x 61 in 
Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

 

Inquire
Liam Gillick  Complete Bin Development, 2013
Liam Gillick  Complete Bin Development, 2013
Liam Gillick  Complete Bin Development, 2013
Liam Gillick  Complete Bin Development, 2013
Liam Gillick  Complete Bin Development, 2013
Liam Gillick  Complete Bin Development, 2013

Liam Gillick 
Complete Bin Development, 2013
powder-coated aluminium, Plexiglas, 6 elements
each element 300 x 150 x 160 cm / 118.1 x 59.1 x 63

 

Inquire
Liam Gillick  McNamara Motel, 1997/2011
Liam Gillick  McNamara Motel, 1997/2011
Liam Gillick  McNamara Motel, 1997/2011

Liam Gillick 
McNamara Motel, 1997/2011
white neon, unique with 1 AP
350 x 37 cm / 137.8 x 14.6 in approx.

 

Inquire
Liam Gillick Multiplied Resistance Screened, 2010 
Liam Gillick Multiplied Resistance Screened, 2010 
Liam Gillick Multiplied Resistance Screened, 2010 
Liam Gillick Multiplied Resistance Screened, 2010 
Liam Gillick Multiplied Resistance Screened, 2010 

Liam Gillick
Multiplied Resistance Screened, 2010 
Installation at Château La Coste. Photograph Andrew Pattman 

Inquire
Liam Gillick  Liquidation in the snow, 2010
Liam Gillick  Liquidation in the snow, 2010
Liam Gillick  Liquidation in the snow, 2010

Liam Gillick 
Liquidation in the snow, 2010
powder-coated aluminium, Plexiglas, unique
two elements each 50 x 50 x 10 cm / 19.7 x 19.7 x 3.9 in  

 

Inquire
Liam Gillick  Literally Based on H.Z., 2006
Liam Gillick  Literally Based on H.Z. 2006
Liam Gillick  Literally Based on H.Z. 2006
Liam Gillick  Literally Based on H.Z. 2006
Liam Gillick  Literally Based on H.Z. 2006
Liam Gillick  Literally Based on H.Z. 2006
Liam Gillick  Literally Based on H.Z. 2006
Liam Gillick  Literally Based on H.Z. 2006
Liam Gillick  Literally Based on H.Z., 2006

Liam Gillick 
Literally Based on H.Z., 2006
Ten table units and seven prototypes/structures 
each table 240cm x 120cm x 100cm / 94.5 x 47 x 39.3 in
Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Inquire
Liam Gillick Kinetic Energy of Rigid Bodies, 2021 

Liam Gillick
Kinetic Energy of Rigid Bodies, 2021 
matte black vinyl on wall
315 x 170 cm / 124 x 78.7 in  

Liam Gillick  Diversity Channelled, 2018

Liam Gillick 
Diversity Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
32 x 90 x 8 cm / 12.6 x 35.4 x 3.1 in 

 

Liam Gillick  Critical tiles..., 2018

Liam Gillick 
Critical tiles..., 2018
matte black vinyl on wall
300 x 300 cm / 118.1 x 118.1 in   

 

Liam Gillick  Expansion Channelled, 2018

Liam Gillick 
Expansion Channelled, 2018
powder-coated aluminium
16 x 45 x 8 cm / 6.3 x 17.7 x 3.1 in 

 

Liam Gillick  Denominator Platform, 2018

Liam Gillick 
Denominator Platform, 2018
powder-coated aluminium, plexiglass
200 x 300 x 5 cm / 78.7 x 118.1 x 2 in 

 

Liam Gillick  Reached Horizon, 2017

Liam Gillick 
Reached Horizon, 2017
powder-coated aluminium, 30 elements
185 x 400 x 5 cm / 72.8 x 157.5 x 2 in 
5 x 200 x 5 cm / 2 x 78.7 x 2 in each element

 

Liam Gillick  Distinct Elevation, 2017

Liam Gillick 
Distinct Elevation, 2017
powder-coated aluminium, Plexiglas
200 x 280 x 140 cm / 78.7 x 110.2 x 55.1 in 

Liam Gillick  Neural Mechanisms, 2016

Liam Gillick 
Neural Mechanisms, 2016
birch plywood, two pack lacquer - RAL6018, mirror
2 elements, desk and stool
200 x 102.5 x 30 cm / 78.7 x 40.4 x 11.8 in 
50 x 40 x 40 cm / 19.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 in 

 

Liam Gillick  Captured Plant, 2013

Liam Gillick 
Captured Plant, 2013
powder-coated aluminium, Plexiglas, unique
two elements each:
50 x 80 x 10 cm / 19.7 x 31.5 x 3.9 in 
110 x 80 x 10 cm / 43.3 x 31.5 x 3.9 in total

Liam Gillick  Leeched Screen, 2014

Liam Gillick 
Leeched Screen, 2014
powder-coated aluminium, Plexiglas
304.8 x 213.5 x 31.5 cm / 120 x 84.1 x 12.4 in 

 

Liam Gillick  riggedattraction, 2014

Liam Gillick 
riggedattraction, 2014
powder-coated aluminium, 50 elements
each element 180 x 3 x 10 cm / 70.9 x 1.2 x 3.9 in
total size 180 x 640 x 10 cm / 70.9 x 252 x 3.9 in

Liam Gillick  A Short Song, 2013

Liam Gillick 
A Short Song, 2013
powder-coated, water-cut aluminium
dimensions variable

Liam  Gillick  A Game of War Structure, 2011

Liam  Gillick 
A Game of War Structure, 2011
anodized and powder-coated aluminium
106.5 x 125 x 155 cm / 41.9 x 49.2 x 61 in 
Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

 

Liam Gillick  Complete Bin Development, 2013

Liam Gillick 
Complete Bin Development, 2013
powder-coated aluminium, Plexiglas, 6 elements
each element 300 x 150 x 160 cm / 118.1 x 59.1 x 63

 

Liam Gillick  McNamara Motel, 1997/2011

Liam Gillick 
McNamara Motel, 1997/2011
white neon, unique with 1 AP
350 x 37 cm / 137.8 x 14.6 in approx.

 

Liam Gillick Multiplied Resistance Screened, 2010 

Liam Gillick
Multiplied Resistance Screened, 2010 
Installation at Château La Coste. Photograph Andrew Pattman 

Liam Gillick  Liquidation in the snow, 2010

Liam Gillick 
Liquidation in the snow, 2010
powder-coated aluminium, Plexiglas, unique
two elements each 50 x 50 x 10 cm / 19.7 x 19.7 x 3.9 in  

 

Liam Gillick  Literally Based on H.Z., 2006

Liam Gillick 
Literally Based on H.Z., 2006
Ten table units and seven prototypes/structures 
each table 240cm x 120cm x 100cm / 94.5 x 47 x 39.3 in
Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Kinetic Energy of Rigid Bodies, Replace Rubens, Sankt Peter, Cologne, 2021
Image: Christopher Clem Franken

Kinetic Energy of Rigid Bodies, Replace Rubens, Sankt Peter, Cologne, 2021
Image: Christopher Clem Franken

Liam Gillick has had solo exhibitions in many of the world’s leading museums, including Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Zürich; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn; MAGASIN, Grenoble; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Tate Britain, London and IMMA, Dublin. Recent solo exhibitions include Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea; Sankt Peter, Cologne (both 2021); Madre Museum, Naples; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Kunsthaus Zürich; Neues Museum Nürnberg; Potter Museum, Melbourne (all 2019); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2017–18); Fundação de Serralves, Porto (2016-17) and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2016). Gillick has participated in major international exhibitions including Okayama Art Summit, Japan and the Venice, Shanghai, Istanbul and Yinchuan biennales.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions Thumbnails
Liam Gillick The Work Life Effect, 2021
Liam Gillick The Work Life Effect, 2021
Liam Gillick The Work Life Effect, 2021
Liam Gillick The Work Life Effect, 2021
Liam Gillick The Work Life Effect, 2021
Liam Gillick The Work Life Effect, 2021
Liam Gillick The Work Life Effect, 2021

Liam Gillick
The Work Life Effect, 2021
Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea

 

Liam Gillick Standing on Top of a Building: Films 2008-2019, 2019
Liam Gillick Standing on Top of a Building: Films 2008-2019, 2019
Liam Gillick Standing on Top of a Building: Films 2008-2019, 2019

Liam Gillick
Standing on Top of a Building: Films 2008-2019, 2019
Madre Museum, Naples, Italy

Liam Gillick The Light is no Brighter at the Centre, 2017  
Liam Gillick The Light is no Brighter at the Centre, 2017  
Liam Gillick The Light is no Brighter at the Centre, 2017  
Liam Gillick The Light is no Brighter at the Centre, 2017  
Liam Gillick The Light is no Brighter at the Centre, 2017  
Liam Gillick The Light is no Brighter at the Centre, 2017  
Liam Gillick The Light is no Brighter at the Centre, 2017  
Liam Gillick The Light is no Brighter at the Centre, 2017  

Liam Gillick
The Light is no Brighter at the Centre, 2017  
Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania

 

Liam Gillick Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012
Liam Gillick Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012
Liam Gillick Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012
Liam Gillick Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012
Liam Gillick Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012
Liam Gillick Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012
Liam Gillick Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012
Liam Gillick Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012
Liam Gillick Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012
Liam Gillick Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012
Liam Gillick Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012

Liam Gillick
Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, NY, USA

Liam Gillick How will you behave: A kitchen cat speaks, 2009
Liam Gillick How will you behave: A kitchen cat speaks, 2009
Liam Gillick How will you behave: A kitchen cat speaks, 2009
Liam Gillick How will you behave: A kitchen cat speaks, 2009
Liam Gillick How will you behave: A kitchen cat speaks, 2009
Liam Gillick How will you behave: A kitchen cat speaks, 2009
Liam Gillick How will you behave: A kitchen cat speaks, 2009
Liam Gillick How will you behave: A kitchen cat speaks, 2009

Liam Gillick
How will you behave: A kitchen cat speaks, 2009
German Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy

Liam Gillick Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario, 2008-09
Liam Gillick Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario, 2008-09
Liam Gillick Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario, 2008-09
Liam Gillick Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario, 2008-09
Liam Gillick Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario, 2008-09

Liam Gillick
Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario, 2008-09
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

Liam Gillick The Work Life Effect, 2021

Liam Gillick
The Work Life Effect, 2021
Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea

 

Liam Gillick Standing on Top of a Building: Films 2008-2019, 2019

Liam Gillick
Standing on Top of a Building: Films 2008-2019, 2019
Madre Museum, Naples, Italy

Liam Gillick The Light is no Brighter at the Centre, 2017  

Liam Gillick
The Light is no Brighter at the Centre, 2017  
Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania

 

Liam Gillick Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012

Liam Gillick
Liam Gillick: 199A TO 199B, 2012
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, NY, USA

Liam Gillick How will you behave: A kitchen cat speaks, 2009

Liam Gillick
How will you behave: A kitchen cat speaks, 2009
German Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy

Liam Gillick Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario, 2008-09

Liam Gillick
Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario, 2008-09
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA