Liam Gillick

Artist, writer, critic, teacher, networker

One of the few artists to have emerged in 1990s Britain and kept their dignity intact, Gillick has long been in pivot mode as a cultural producer: exhibiting, writing, curating, maintaining his nonpareil networ, and pushing himself when he hardly needs to. This year he presented a substantial solo show in Vilnius, his first in the Baltic region, in which, via colourfully glowing geometric architectural models amid a desert of sawdust, he adroitly revivified the warehouse sites of international nightclubs, characteristically correlating modernist aesthetics and neoliberalism. But it was in other activities that Gillick showed his restlessness, making a through-the-veil collaboration with Swiss modernist architect/designers Trix and Robert Haussmann (Gillick-style hyphenates avant la lettre) in a show at Kunst-Werke in Berlin and, with Tom Eccles and ArtReview’s Mark Rappolt, cocurating the buzzworthy, centuries-spanning show Like a Moth to a Flame across two venues in Turin.