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b. 1969, USA

Melissa McGill Biography

McGill is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York who creates ambitious, large-scale, site-specific art projects, and works in a variety of media, including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, sound, light, and immersive installation. Her work connects viewers to overlooked histories and traditions, explores the conversation between the visible and the invisible, and heightens awareness of our surroundings. Melissa McGill lived in Venice from 1991-93, and returns regularly for inspiration, for work, and for friendship. Red Regatta was inspired by her observations over more than two decades of the challenges Venice is facing given the impact of climate change and intense tourism. Melissa’s intimate knowledge of Venice and her deep personal and professional relationships in the city have made it possible for her to develop this ambitious project. She is particularly passionate about the collaborative aspect and the fact that Red Regatta will involve many members of the local community. The project has been intentionally designed to welcome the participation and enjoyment of local citizens and to honor their abiding love for their city. Her previous sculptural sound work, The Campi, May 2017, invoked daily life in the Venetian Campo and was presented at Carlo Scarpa’s Casa/Studio Scatturin, Università Iuav di Venezia and Giorgio Mastinu Fine Art in Venice, Italy. Constellation, 2015-2017, installed on an island in the Hudson River, New York, lit each night creating a new constellation transforming Bannerman castle ruin. McGill has been exhibiting her artwork nationally and internationally since 1991, including solo exhibitions at The Permanent Mission of Italy at the United Nations, New York; TOTAH, New York; Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Milan; White Cube, London; Power House, Memphis; Palazzo Capello, Venice; and CRG Gallery, New York.

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Back to London. A journey through image, time, word and space, Mazzoleni, London (26 June–19 September 2020). Courtesy Mazzoleni, London-Torino.

Melissa McGill Featured Artworks

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Riflessi (Red Regatta - 15 September 2019) - 2 by Melissa McGill contemporary artwork
Melissa McGillRiflessi (Red Regatta - 15 September 2019) - 2, 2019Archival pigment print
55.9 x 101.6 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Riflessi (Red Regatta - 1 September 2019) by Melissa McGill contemporary artwork
Melissa McGillRiflessi (Red Regatta - 1 September 2019), 2019Triptych of digital archival pigment prints
137.2 x 274.2 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Red Regatta (Coppa del Presidente della Repubblica, Bacino San Marco) by Melissa McGill contemporary artwork
Melissa McGillRed Regatta (Coppa del Presidente della Repubblica, Bacino San Marco), 2019Archival pigment print with pigment
33 x 49.5 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Red Regatta (Coppa del Presidente della Repubblica, Bacino San Marco) by Melissa McGill contemporary artwork
Melissa McGillRed Regatta (Coppa del Presidente della Repubblica, Bacino San Marco), 2019Archival pigment print with pigment
106.7 x 160 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Red Regatta (Coppa del Presidente della Repubblica, Bacino San Marco) by Melissa McGill contemporary artwork
Melissa McGillRed Regatta (Coppa del Presidente della Repubblica, Bacino San Marco), 2019Archival pigment print with pigment
61 x 40.6 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Red Regatta (Coppa del Presidente della Repubblica, Bacino San Marco) by Melissa McGill contemporary artwork
Melissa McGillRed Regatta (Coppa del Presidente della Repubblica, Bacino San Marco), 2019Archival pigment print with pigment
61 x 40.6 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Red Regatta (Regatta) by Melissa McGill contemporary artwork
Melissa McGillRed Regatta (Regatta), 2018Archival pigment print with pigment
61 x 40.6 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Red Regatta (Vela al Terzo) by Melissa McGill contemporary artwork
Melissa McGillRed Regatta (Vela al Terzo), 2018Archival pigment print with pigment
44.5 x 30.5 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery

Melissa McGill Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Back to London. A journey through image, time, word and space at Mazzoleni, London
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26 June–19 September 2020 Group Exhibition Back to London. A journey through image, time, word and space MazzoleniLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, #MAZZOLENIBRUNCH at Mazzoleni, Turin
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26 April–14 June 2020 Group Show #MAZZOLENIBRUNCH MazzoleniOnline Only

Melissa McGill Represented By

Mazzoleni contemporary art gallery in Turin, Italy Mazzoleni London, Turin

Melissa McGill In Ocula Magazine

The Armory Show 2020 Ocula Photolog The Armory Show 2020

The Armory Show (5–8 March) features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions, and dynamic public programs. The 2020 edition of The Armory Show, welcomes 183 exhibitors from 32 countries, convening Midtown Manhattan at Piers 90 and 94.

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Melissa McGill In Related Press

The Best Things to See at the 2019 Venice Biennale Related Press The Best Things to See at the 2019 Venice Biennale 13 May 2019, AnOther

The 58 th edition of the Venice Biennale, May You Live in Interesting Times curated by Ralph Rugoff–from London’s very own Hayward Gallery–proves to be as interesting as its title promises. Venice is an easy city to get lost in, and it’s easy to see why Proust dubbed the city’s labyrinth of alleyways a network of 'innumerable slender capillary...

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