Liz Deschenes

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Liz Deschenes (born Boston, Massachusetts 1966) is a contemporary visual artist who lives and works in New York City.[1] Her work and art practice can be understood in relation to post-conceptual photography and minimalism.[2]


Her work is in the collections of the Centre Pompidou in France, the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, as well as The Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, and the Corcoran Museum of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.[1] The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston showed the first comprehensive survey of her work in 2016.[3]

She has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, including solo shows at Campoli Presti in Paris [4] and London (2013),[5] Secession, Vienna (2012), Sutton Lane, Brussels (2010), and Miguel Abreu Gallery in New York (2009).[1] Her first solo presentation at an American museum, "Liz Deschenes: Gallery 7" was on view at the Walker Art Center from November 2014 to October 2015 and curated by Eric Crosby.[6]

Deschenes' work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including "What is a Photograph?", curated by Carol Squiers at the International Center of Photography in New York (2014), "Cross Over. Photography of Science + Science of Photography" at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2013).[1] Her first monograph was published in 2012 in conjunction with her exhibition at Secession, Vienna. Deschenes was also featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.[7]

Her work explores the materials and properties of photography, light, and perception, often in relation to the architectural environments within which they are displayed.[8] She often engages the characteristics of minimalism with old photographic methods and techniques such as the photogram and daguerreotype.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "MIGUEL ABREU GALLERY –LIZ DESCHENES" (PDF). 27 November 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2014.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ SCHWENDENER, MARTHA (15 May 2014). "Liz Deschenes: 'Stereographs #1-4 (Rise/Fall)'". New York Times. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  4. ^ Campoli Presti - Liz Deschenes - Bracket (Paris)
  5. ^ Campoli Presti - Liz Deschenes - Bracket (London)
  6. ^ "Liz Deschenes: Gallery 7". Walker Art Center Exhibitions. Walker Art Center. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Liz Deschenes | Whitney Museum of American Art". Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  8. ^ Secession,, Webdesign: Christina Goestl. "secession". Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  9. ^ Schwendener, Martha (2014-05-15). "Liz Deschenes: 'Stereographs #1-4 (Rise/Fall)'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-12.

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External video
Liz Deschenes on her cameraless photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art