Chosen by: Claudia Beck, Member of the Board of Trustees
“Were it possible, I would select the whole collection. This is the foundation of the ongoing history of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
I chose Liz Magor’s sculpture Double Scarp, 1980 as an important work.
Because of its minimalist trajectory – no plinth, simple rectilinear form, simple and tough appearance.
Because of its attention to materials and fabrication. Curiously, it is compressed clothing, bound in a metal armature and then gessoed.
Because I think of Magor’s work alongside contemporary artists Donald Judd, Eva Hesse and Rachel Whiteread.
Because the minimalist art references swerve to references of body: mummified for sarcophagus, honoured in burial.
Because it is the absence and presence of body – metaphor where person and sculpture are both bodies.
Because it has strong beauty.
Because it is a work that can command a space by itself.”
Liz Magor, Double Scarp, 1980. Textile, plaster, metal. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Gift of the artist.
Claudia Beck is a Member of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Gallery Acquisitions Committee, and a long-time supporter of the Gallery.