Liz Magic Laser

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Liz Magic Laser
Born1981 (age 38–39)
New York, U.S.
Alma materWesleyan University,
Columbia University
Known forVideo art, Performance art

Liz Magic Laser (born 1981, New York) is an American visual artist working primarily in video and performance. She is based art in Brooklyn, New York.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

She attended Wesleyan University and received her B.A. in 2003, and then in 2008 an M.F.A. from Columbia University.[2] Laser also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2008 and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2009.[3]


Her work has been presented at MoMA PS1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Performa 11, and she was a commissioned artist at the 2013 Armory Show.[2] According to the New York Times, Laser's works focus on absurdities in political and financial institutions.[4] She is known notably for her video, "The Thought Leader", which presents a script adapted from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground performed by a child in the form of a mock TED Talk.[5]


Solo exhibitions of Laser's work have been presented at Derek Eller Gallery in 2010;[6] Malmö Konsthall in 2012; DiverseWorks in 2013; the Westfälischer Kunstverein in 2013;[7] Paula Cooper Gallery in 2013;[3] Various Small Fires in 2015;[8][9] Wilfried Lentz in 2015; Mercer Union in 2015;[10] and Kunstverein Göttingen in 2016.[11]

Her work has been included in MoMA PS1's Greater New York in 2010,[12] Performa 11 in 2011,[13] Pier 54, curated by Cecilia Alemani, in 2014,[14] and the Frye Art Museum's Group Therapy in 2018.[15]


Laser has received multiple awards and fellowships from various institutions, such as the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation (2013), the Southern Exposure Offsite Graue Award (2013), the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (2012), and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Liz Magic Laser is married to artist Sanya Kantarovsky, together they live in Brooklyn and have one daughter.[16][17][18]


  1. ^ "Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series". CAL Arts. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  2. ^ a b "Liz Magic Laser". ART21 New York Close Up. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  3. ^ a b c "Liz Magic Laser". Creative Time Reports. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  4. ^ Estefan, Kareem (5 March 2013). "Liz Magic Laser's Armory Show Souvenirs". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  5. ^ Ollman, Leah (14 January 2015). "Review Liz Magic Laser subversively splits medium from message". LA Times. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Liz Magic Laser". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  7. ^ Beeson, John (September 2013). "Public Theater: On Liz Magic Laser at Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster". Texte zur Kunst. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  8. ^ Harren, Natilee. "Natilee Harren on Liz Magic Laser". Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  9. ^ Ollman, Leah (2015-01-14). "Liz Magic Laser subversively splits medium from message". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  10. ^ McNamara, Rea (2015-12-17). "Childhood Conditioning Crisis: Liz Magic Laser at Mercer Union". Art F City. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  11. ^ Laser, Liz Magic (2016-10-31). "Sweat, Tears and Screams of Protest: Political Psychodrama for this Election Season". Creative Time Reports. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  12. ^ "Greater New York - Reviews - Art in America". 2010-09-11. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  13. ^ "Liz Magic Laser Feels Your Pain". Observer. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  14. ^ Rosenberg, Karen (2014-12-04). "Pier 54". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  15. ^ "Finding Solace from the Horribleness of the World in Group Therapy at the Frye". The Stranger. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  16. ^ "Art 101: The Art Lovers: Power Couples of the Art World". Artspace. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  17. ^ "Dynamic Duos at the Hirshhorn Gala Siblings, lovers, business partners, and more! Meet the creative couples honored by the museum at Lincoln Center". 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  18. ^ "The Darkly Comic Art of Sanya Kantarovsky". Vogue. Retrieved 2019-10-24. Now Kantarovsky and his wife, the performance artist Liz Magic Laser (her real name), live with their two-year-old daughter, Vera, in a Brooklyn town house.