Born 1964 in Aylesbury, United Kingdom.

Lives and works in New York.


1984–1987 Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Goldsmiths College, University of London
1983–1984 Hertfordshire College of Art


2008 The Vincent Award Nomination, Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands
2002 Turner Prize Nomination, United Kingdom
1998 Ernst Cassirer Award, Germany

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Standing on Top of a Building: Films 2008-2019, MADRE–Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples
Stinking Dawn (with Gelatin), Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
2018 There Should Be Fresh Springs..., Gallery Baton, Seoul
2017 The Light is no Brighter at the Centre, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
2016 Liam Gillick: Campaign. An Exhibition in Four Moments, Museu Serralves, Porto
What’s What in A Mirror, Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane, Dublin
2015 All-Imitate-Act, Holland Festival, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
All-Imitate-Act, LUMA Foundation, Arles
2014 From 199C to 199D, Le Magasin, Grenoble
2013 From Fredensborg to Halen via Lock Ruthven: Courtyard Housing Projections, HICA Highland Institute for Contemporary Art, Dalcrombie
Margin Time 2 and Laguna Discussion Platform, Austin Museum of Art, Austin
2012 From 199A to 199B, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, Bard College, New York, NY
2011 A Game of War Structure, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (site-specific commissioned for IMMA)
2010 One long walk… Two short piers, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
2009 Three perspectives and a short scenario, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Executive Two Litre GXL, MAK Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna
2008 Three perspective and a short scenario, Kunstverein München, Munich; Wiite de With, Rotterdam; Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich
2007 Monument to Charles Fourier, Musée des Beaux Arts et d'Archéologie, Besançon
2005 McNamara Motel, CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga
2003 Projects 79. Liam Gillick: Literally, MoMA QNS, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Intimate distance. Masterpieces from the Ishikawa Collection, Mo.Co. – Hôtel des Collections, Montpellier
BAU [ SPIEL ] HAUS, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Nuremberg
Folded Extracted Personified, Qatar MIA Park, Doha
Objects of Wonder – British Sculpture 1950s – Present, PalaisPopulaire, Berlin
2018 Trix & Robert Haussmann. The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule: A Retrospective, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Soziale Fassaden, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
Trix & Robert Haussmann. The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule: A Retrospective, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
2017 COLORI. L’emozione dei COLORI nell’arte, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte, Rivoli
Elbphilharmonie revisited, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
Like a Moth to a Flame, Officine Grandi Riparazioni / Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Mentally Yellow (High Noon), Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn and Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
Seeds of Time, Shanghai Project: Chapter 2, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai
True Faith, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Variable Dimensions – artists and architecture, MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, Lisbon
Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox, 1989-2017, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War, HKW, Berlin
2016 Where Text is Broken by a Building, Arario Museum, Seoul
Development, Okayama Art Summit, Okayama (artistic director)
For an Image, Faster than Light, Yinchuan Biennale 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan
Béton, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
The Natural Order of Things, Fundacíon Jumex, Mexico City
The Peacock, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
2015 Space Between, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
6th Moscow Biennial, Moscow
14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
2014 1984–1999. La Décennie, Centre Pompidou-Metz
Solaris Chronicles, LUMA Foundation, Parc des Ateliers, Arles
Lucius Burckhardt and Cedric Price—A Stroll Through a Fun Palace, Swiss Pavilion, Architecture Biennale, Venice
2013 9 Artists, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Abstract Generation: Now in Print, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2012 Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm
Print/Out, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2008 Theanyspacewhatever, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2007 10th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
1997 documenta X, Kassel
Liam Gillick deploys multiple forms to expose the new ideological control systems that emerged at the beginning of the 1990s. Examining the aesthetics of the constructed world, Gillick’s work exposes the dysfunctional aspects of a modernist legacy in terms of abstraction and architecture when framed within a globalized, neo-liberal consensus. 
Gillick’s work ranges from small books to large-scale architectural collaborations. His practice exists in a constant tension between his formally minimalistic works that reflect upon the language of renovated space and his critical approach through writing and the use of text. This approach is brought together in a continual testing of the conventions of the exhibition as form. In addition, he has produced a number of short films since the late 2000s, which address the construction of the creative persona in the light of the enduring mutability of the contemporary artist as a cultural figure. 
Gillick uses a wide-ranging vocabulary to knowingly question the role art may play in society and how aesthetics are a political issue in the neo-liberal economy. His artworks place the viewer in an implicated role and designate spaces where it might be possible to rethink the way the built world intersects with modes of critique.
A selection of Liam Gillick's critical writing appeared as Proxemics; Selected Writings (1988–2006) in 2007 and his artistic writing as Allbooks in 2009. In 2016 Columbia University published Industry and Intelligence: Contemporary Art Since 1820, an analysis of the origins of contemporary art.