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Liliana Porter

Selected Works

Man with Black Beret

Liliana Porter Man with Black Beret 2020 Acrylic and graphite on canvas with painted metal figurine, unique

7 x 5 inches (17.8 x 12.7 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on reverse
(Inventory #31621)

Liliana Porter Man with Black Beret, 2020

Situation with Drip

Liliana Porter Situation with Drip 2020 Wooden sphere with figurine and acrylic paint, unique

2 1/2 x 2 x 2 inches (6.4 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated
(Inventory #31630)

Liliana Porter Situation with Drip, 2020
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The Light III

Liliana Porter The Light III 2020 Acrylic and assemblage on canvas

72 x 60 inches (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on reverse
(Inventory #31781)

Liliana Porter The Light III, 2020
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To Dance – red dress

Liliana Porter To Dance – red dress 2020 Figurines with graphite on paper with deckled edge, unique

Image/paper size: 12 x 9 1/2 inches (30.5 x 24.1 cm)
Signed lower right, titled and dated lower left in graphite
(Inventory #31625)

Liliana Porter To Dance – red dress, 2020
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To Hold It

Liliana Porter To Hold It 2020 Acrylic paint, figurine, and graphite on paper with deckled edge, unique

Image/paper size: 11 1/2 x 9 inches (29.2 x 22.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower right, titled lower left in graphite
(Inventory #31626)

Liliana Porter To Hold It, 2020
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Marcarilla Mask from Untitled with Helga

Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia Marcarilla Mask from Untitled with Helga 2020 Unique photograph printed on archival cotton fiber paper, accompanied by an Untitled with Helga video

Edition of 20
Image size: 5 11/16 x 3 1/4 inches (14.4 x 8.3 cm)
Paper size: 11 x 8 1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
Signed and numbered on colophon; Signed and dated lower right, titled lower left in graphite
(Inventory #31875)

Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia Marcarilla Mask from Untitled with Helga, 2020
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Her with dripping dress

Liliana Porter Her with dripping dress 2019 Cast bronze figurine with acrylic paint on canvas, unique

49 3/4 x 23 5/8 x 1 1/2 inches (126.4 x 60 x 3.8 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on reverse
(Inventory #30375)

Liliana Porter Her with dripping dress, 2019
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Man Drawing (Red Cap)

Liliana Porter Man Drawing (Red Cap) 2019 Graphite with figurine on paper with deckled edge

Image/paper size: 30 1/8 x 22 inches (76.5 x 55.9 cm)
Signed and dated lower right; Titled lower left in graphite
(Inventory #30907)

Liliana Porter Man Drawing (Red Cap), 2019
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Mask

Liliana Porter Mask 2019 Etching with object on paper with deckled edge

Image/plate size: 10 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches (27.6 x 21.3 cm)
Paper size: 22 x 15 inches (55.9 x 38.1 cm)
Edition of 20
Signed and dated lower right; Titled lower center; Numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #30903)

Liliana Porter Mask, 2019

Painter

Liliana Porter Painter 2019 Figurine on wooden base and blue paint

Dimensions variable
Figure on base: 3 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches (7.6 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm)
(Inventory #30914)

Liliana Porter Painter, 2019
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The Task (with white ladder)

Liliana Porter The Task (with white ladder) 2019 Figurine, paint and assemblage on canvas

25 1/2 x 18 x 2 inches (64.8 x 45.7 x 5.1 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on reverse
(Inventory #30912)

Liliana Porter The Task (with white ladder), 2019
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To Paint Black

Liliana Porter To Paint Black 2019 Etching with figurine on paper with deckled edge

Image/plate size: 11 x 8 5/16 inches (27.9 x 21.1 cm)
Paper size: 22 x 15 1/8 inches (55.9 x 38.4 cm)
Edition of 20
Signed and dated lower right; Titled lower center; Numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #30897)

Liliana Porter To Paint Black, 2019

To say it

Liliana Porter To say it 2019 Etching with figurine on paper with deckled edge

Edition of 20
Image/plate size: 11 x 8 5/16 inches (27.9 x 21.1 cm)
Paper size: 22 x 15 1/8 inches (55.9 x 38.4 cm)
Signed and dated lower right; Titled lower center; Numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #32405)

Liliana Porter To say it, 2019

To Fix it II

Liliana Porter To Fix it II 2018 Photolithograph with collage and embossing on paper with deckled edge

Image/plate size:  15 5/8 x 12 inches  (39.7 x 30.5 cm)
Paper size:  23 1/8 x 18 inches  (58.7 x 45.7 cm)
Edition of 20
Signed and dated lower right, titled lower center and numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #30091)

Liliana Porter To Fix it II, 2018
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Conejo que se fue (The rabbit that went away)

Liliana Porter Conejo que se fue (The rabbit that went away) 2017 Lithograph on Canson Montval paper

Image/paper size: 19 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches (50.2 x 31.8 cm)
Edition of 20
Signed and dated lower right, titled lower left and numbered lower center in graphite
(Inventory #30093)

Liliana Porter Conejo que se fue (The rabbit that went away), 2017
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Untitled with Bridge

Liliana Porter Untitled with Bridge 2016 Fuji-flex print

Edition of 5
Image size: 12 x 18 inches (30.5 x 45.7 cm)
Paper size: 13 x 19 inches (33 x 48.3 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered on reverse
(Inventory #31913)

Liliana Porter Untitled with Bridge, 2016

Hombre Dibujando Infinito

Liliana Porter Hombre Dibujando Infinito 2015 Unique construction with found figurine, acrylic paint and graphite on twenty-four sheets of torn school pad paper, unique

Image/paper size: 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches each (21 x 14.6 cm each)
Overall size: approximately 25 x 45 1/2 inches (63.5 x 115.6 cm)
Signed, titled and dated lower right in graphite; Also titled lower left in graphite
(Inventory #30378)

Liliana Porter Hombre Dibujando Infinito, 2015
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Reconstruction (boy with turban playing music)

Liliana Porter Reconstruction (boy with turban playing music) 2015 Framed archival digital print with attached wooden painted base and ceramic figurine

14 x 16 7/8 x 4 1/2 inches  (35.6 x 42.9 x 11.4 cm)
Signed, titled and dated on reverse of frame
(Inventory #28512)

Liliana Porter Reconstruction (boy with turban playing music), 2015
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Dreamer

Liliana Porter Dreamer 2013 Woodcut on somerset satin, white, with satin pillow

Edition of 29
Image size: 25 x 19 inches (63.5 x 48.3 cm)
Paper size: 30 1/8 x 22 1/4 inches (76.5 x 56.5 cm)
Signed and dated lower right, titled lower center and numbered lower left
(Inventory #31547)

Liliana Porter Dreamer, 2013

Situation with Dog

Liliana Porter Situation with Dog 2009 Chine collé polymer photogravure and collage on paper with deckled edge

Image/paper size: 30 x 23 inches (76.2 x 58.4 cm)
Edition of 30
Signed and dated lower right, titled lower left and numbered lower center in graphite
(Inventory #30379)

Liliana Porter Situation with Dog, 2009
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Situation with Glass Bird

Liliana Porter Situation with Glass Bird 2005 Duraflex, shelf, metal figurine and glass bird

Overall size: 17 3/4 x 21 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (45.1 x 54.6 x 8.9 cm)
Edition of 5
Signed, dated, titled and numbered in ink on reverse of glass bird print
(Inventory #30911)

Liliana Porter Situation with Glass Bird, 2005
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1 Cm. (One Centimeter)

Liliana Porter 1 Cm. (One Centimeter) 2004 Etching with metal figurine

Edition of 50
Image/plate size: 9 3/8 x 7 inches (23.8 x 17.8 cm)
Paper size: 22 1/2 x 15 inches (57.2 x 38.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower right, titled and numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #30384)

Liliana Porter 1 Cm. (One Centimeter), 2004
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La Puerta (The Door)

Liliana Porter La Puerta (The Door) 2004 Painted metal figure on two color etching on paper with deckled edge

Image/plate size: 9 1/2 x 7 inches (24.1 x 17.8 cm)
Paper size: 22 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches (57.2 x 38.7 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed and dated lower right, titled and numbered lower left
(Inventory #30366)

Liliana Porter La Puerta (The Door), 2004
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Oh, #I and #II

Liliana Porter Oh, #I and #II 2002 Woodcut, with litho chine colle, on Somerset satin white

Edition of 25
Image/paper size: 30 x 22 inches each (76.2 x 56 cm each)
Overall size: 30 x 44 inches (76.2 x 111.8 cm)
Signed, numbered and titled
(Inventory #29751)

Liliana Porter Oh, #I and #II, 2002

Disguise

Liliana Porter Disguise 2000 Lithograph and collage on paper with deckled edge

Image size: 8 1/4 x 12 5/8 inches (21 x 32.1 cm)
Paper size: 16 1/8 x 19 11/16 inches (41 x 50 cm)
Edition of 20
Signed and dated lower right, titled lower center and numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #30369)

Liliana Porter Disguise, 2000

The Traveler

Liliana Porter The Traveler 2000 Lithograph with collage on paper with deckled edge

Image/paper size: 13 x 11 1/4 inches (33 x 28.6 cm)
Edition of 20
Signed lower right, numbered lower left, titled lower center in graphite
(Inventory #30373)

Liliana Porter The Traveler, 2000
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Where Are You?

Liliana Porter Where Are You? 2000 Lithograph and collage

Edition of 30
Image/Paper size: 30 x 22 1/2 inches (76.2 x 57.2 cm)
Signed and dated lower right, numbered and titled lower left
(Inventory #31544)

Liliana Porter Where Are You?, 2000

Dialogue (with Bottle Opener)

Liliana Porter Dialogue (with Bottle Opener) 1995 Silver gelatin prints in three parts

Edition of 5
Overall size: 11 x 25 3/8 inches (27.9 x 64.5 cm)
Image/paper size: 11 x 8 1/2 inches each (27.9 x 21.6 cm each)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered on reverse on sheet III
(Inventory #31863)

“My pieces depict a cast of characters that are inanimate objects, toys and figurines that I find in flea markets, antique stores, and other odd places. The objects have a double existence. On the one hand they are mere appearance, insubstantial ornaments, but, at the same time, have a gaze that can be animated by the viewer, who, through it, can project the inclination to endow things with an interiority and identity. These “theatrical vignettes” are constructed as visual comments that speak of the human condition. I am interested in the simultaneity of humor and distress, banality and the possibility of meaning.” (Liliana Porter)

Porter’s photos can be read as innocent, yet Porter engages the exaggerated facial features and subtle gestures of toys to create open-ended dialogues. Empty expressions become deeply meaningful engagement when in conversation with others. As Jessica Berlanga Taylor has written, “Liliana Porter’s work exists at a remove from the anxious imagination of much postmodern art, offering hope imbued through objects, photographs, paintings, drawings, installations, graphics and videos. Despite the irony and drama in her productions, the characters in her work appeal directly to a range of emotions and states of mind – love, sadness, fear, anger, elation, humour, contemplativeness, vulnerability and fragility… Using objects collected since the late 1960s – porcelain figurines, plastic soldiers, rubber ducks, watches, candles, dolls and such like – Porter creates sensitive landscapes that suggest appealing questions: what is real and what is virtual? What if everything is a representation of something else? What happens in the space between reality and representation?”

Liliana Porter (b. Argentina, 1941, resides in New York since 1964) works across mediums with printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, video, installation, theater, and public art. Porter began showing her work in 1959 and has since been in over 450 exhibitions in 40 countries. Recent solo shows include those at El Museo de Barrio in New York City; The Perez Art Museum in Miami; ART OMI in Ghent, NY; Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA; El Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales in Montevideo; Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Franklin Rawson in San Juan, Argentina; and Museo de Arte de Zapopan in Guadalajara, Mexico. Porter’s work was featured in the traveling exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960 – 1985 at the Brooklyn Museum, NY and the Hammer in Los Angeles, CA. In 2017 Porter’s work was included in Viva Arte Viva, La Biennale di Venezia, 57th International Art Exhibition in Italy. Additionally Porter’s work has been exhibited at El Museo Tamayo, México DF; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New Museum. The artist’s works are held in the following public collections (among others): Tate Modern, London; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Buenos Aires; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museo de Bellas Artes de Santiago; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Guggenheim Museum of Art, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University; Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota, Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; and the Daros Latinamerica Collection Zürich.

“Sometimes I create dialogues among the figures, theatrical situations. The characters act as recipients of our subjectivity. They seem not to understand, they are in a lonely space, and in a state of perplexity.
The subjects presented in these photographs are
the nature of representation itself
the displacement of context constructing new meanings
the overlapping of times and origins
the hybridization of categories
the role of the viewer”
(Liliana Porter)

Liliana Porter Dialogue (with Bottle Opener), 1995

Dialogue (with Pinocchio)

Liliana Porter Dialogue (with Pinocchio) 1995 Silver gelatin prints in two parts, diptych

Edition of 5, AP
Overall size: 24 x 40 inches (61 x 101.6 cm)
Image/paper size: 24 x 20 inches each (61 x 50.8 cm each)
Signed, titled, numbered, and dated on sheet II
(Inventory #31866)

Liliana Porter Dialogue (with Pinocchio), 1995

Untitled (hand with cross hatch drawing and ring)

Liliana Porter Untitled (hand with cross hatch drawing and ring) 1973, printed 2012 Gelatin silver print, printed from the original 1973 negative

Image size: 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (19.7 x 24.1 cm)
Paper size: 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm)
Edition of 3
Signed, dated, titled and numbered on reverse
(Inventory #24469)

Liliana Porter Untitled (hand with cross hatch drawing and ring), 1973, printed 2012
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Untitled (triangle with one hand I left)

Liliana Porter Untitled (triangle with one hand I left) Photographed in 1973, printed 2012 Gelatin silver print with graphite pencil line

Edition of 3
Signed, dated, titled and numbered on reverse
Image size:  7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches(19.7 x 24.1 cm)
Paper size:  14 x 11 inches(35.6 x 27.9 cm)
(Inventory #24470)

 

 

Liliana Porter Untitled (triangle with one hand I left), Photographed in 1973, printed 2012
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Nail

Liliana Porter Nail 1972, printed 2012 Modern gelatin silver print made from the original film negative with string

Image size:  9 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches  (23.5 x 19.1 cm)
Paper size:  14 x 11 inches  (35.6 x 27.9 cm)
Frame size:  27 1/8 x 24 3/8 inches  (68.9 x 61.9 cm)
Edition of 3, 2 AP
Signed, dated, and numbered
(Inventory #26625)

Liliana Porter Nail, 1972, printed 2012
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Push-Pin

Liliana Porter Push-Pin 1972 Silkscreen and collage on paper with deckled edge

Image/paper size: 29 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches (75.6 x 56.5 cm)
Edition of 50, although most likely under 10 were actually ever printed
Signed and dated lower right, “New York” written after the signature, numbered lower center and titled lower left in graphite
(Inventory #30371)

Liliana Porter Push-Pin, 1972
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Exhibition Views

Liliana Porter Exhibition Views

Lialiana Porter: Blue and Black
November 9, 2019 – December 21, 2019, Krakow Witkin Gallery

Liliana Porter Exhibition Views,
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Exhibition Views

Liliana Porter Exhibition Views

Liliana Porter 1973
March 16, 2013 – April 20, 2013, Barbara Krakow Gallery

Liliana Porter Exhibition Views,
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Exhibition Views

Liliana Porter Exhibition Views

Liliana Porter
March 17, 2012 – April 24, 2012, Barbara Krakow Gallery

Liliana Porter Exhibition Views,
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Related Information

  • Artist’s Exhibitions at Krakow Witkin Gallery
  • Liliana Porter Biography
  • Liliana Porter Press
  • Additional Links