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b. 1961, Brazil

Jac Leirner Biography

Since the 1980s Jac Leirner sculptures, paintings, and installations have questioned the notion of the original and the value of artworks. In her work, quotidian materials, such as bags, business cards, and hardware, are arranged into minimalist patterns intended to change how viewers understand the items' roles in the world.

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Jac Leirner lives and works in São Paulo. In 2019 she was awarded the 25th Wolfgang Hahn Prize from Museum Ludwig. Recent solo shows include: Fruitmarket Gallery, (Edinburgh, 2017); MoCA Shanghai, (Shanghai, 2016); Museo Tamayo, (México City, 2014); and Yale School of Art (New Haven, 2012). She has participated in major international group exhibitions, for instance Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates, 2015), Venice Biennale (1997 and 1990), Documenta (Kassel, 1992), and Bienal de São Paulo (1989 and 1983). Her work is present in the collections of Tate Modern (Londres), MoMA (New York), Guggenheim (New York), MOCA (Los Angeles), Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid), among others.

Text courtesy Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel.

Jac Leirner Featured Artworks

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Skin (Juicy Jay‘s Watermelon King Size Slim) by Jac Leirner contemporary artwork
Jac LeirnerSkin (Juicy Jay‘s Watermelon King Size Slim), 2013Cigarette rolling papers (680 units)
200 x 200 x 1.5 cm
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Corpus Delicti (Blankets) by Jac Leirner contemporary artwork
Jac LeirnerCorpus Delicti (Blankets), 1993Blankets
1000 x 150 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Tools by Jac Leirner contemporary artwork
Jac LeirnerTools, 2017Plastic rulers
62 x 140 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
The Evidence Of The Crime (03) by Jac Leirner contemporary artwork
Jac LeirnerThe Evidence Of The Crime (03), 1985–2019Chain and ashtrays
151 x 20 x 182 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Punk Ostentation by Jac Leirner contemporary artwork
Jac LeirnerPunk Ostentation, 2019Ribbon
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Botão [Button] by Jac Leirner contemporary artwork
Jac LeirnerBotão [Button], 2020Mpeg4, 1080p, colour, sound, 30’4’’
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Fantasma / Ghost by Jac Leirner contemporary artwork
Jac LeirnerFantasma / Ghost, 1998Paper and steel cable
7.5 x 15 x 480 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Almost Square by Jac Leirner contemporary artwork
Jac LeirnerAlmost Square, 2013Metal and plexiglass
126 x 106 x 5 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery

Jac Leirner Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Pulse at Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, Rio de Janiero, Rio de Janeiro
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7–24 October 2020 Group Exhibition Pulse Fortes D'Aloia & GabrielRio de Janiero
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, AAA – Anthology of Art and Architecture at Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, São Paulo
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22 August–10 October 2020 Group Exhibition AAA – Anthology of Art and Architecture Fortes D'Aloia & GabrielSão Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, PS81E at Esther Schipper, Berlin
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16 June–26 July 2020 Group Exhibition PS81E Esther SchipperBerlin

Jac Leirner Represented By

Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro

Jac Leirner In Ocula Magazine

Jac Leirner at White Cube Mason's Yard, London Ocula Insight Jac Leirner at White Cube Mason's Yard, London By Stephanie Bailey

Jac Leirner’s recent solo exhibition at White Cube Mason’s Yard offered up a very personal body of work. The title alone, ‘Junkie’, alludes to its intimate nature and the works that make up its installation say even more. Comprised of sculpture and photography, a large part of the show is made up of a series of...

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Jac Leirner In Related Press

8 Must-See Exhibitions This Week, From Toronto to São Paulo and Beyond Related Press 8 Must-See Exhibitions This Week, From Toronto to São Paulo and Beyond 3 February 2020, Surface

Construção When: Feb. 6–Mar. 21 Where: Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo What: Though this exhibition takes its name from Brazilian singer Chico Buarque’s storied 1971 song, which tells the tale of a construction worker who dies on the job, the gallery emphasises in an accompanying text that it does not intend to dwell on that troubled era of the...

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Junkie: Jac Leirner at White Cube, Mason's Yard Related Press Junkie: Jac Leirner at White Cube, Mason's Yard 11 May 2016, Aesthetica

The subject of drugs in art is a longstanding tradition. In the nineteenth century, London’s dens of iniquity would go on to inspire several works of literature, poetry and art, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ode to opium dreams, Kubla Khan. In 1821, Thomas de Quincey’s serialised Confessions of an English Opium Eater first...

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