Jac Leirner

Brazilian, b. 1961

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Jac Leirner

Brazilian, b. 1961

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One of Brazil’s most internationally renowned contemporary artists, Jac Leirner is best known for the sculptures and installations she creates from mundane objects and ephemera, including devalued bank notes, airline tickets, cigarette packets, and shopping bags. Leirner collects and categorizes objects and cultural detritus—including ephemera relating to the machinery of the art world and objects that bear a personal relationship to the artist—before reconfiguring them into meticulously constructed works that both draw attention to and negate their function. For her “Lung” series (1987), Leirner kept thousands of empty Marlboro boxes left over from her smoking habit before deconstructing them and stacking and stringing them together to create delicate compositions that reflect on materiality and color. In works such as Crossing Colors (2012), composed of colorful lengths of wood slotted together in a cross formation on the floor, Leirner references Brazilian Constructivism, Arte Povera, and Minimalism. She counts the artists Eve Hesse and Cildo Meireles as major influences on her work.

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and 2 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

One of Brazil’s most internationally renowned contemporary artists, Jac Leirner is best known for the sculptures and installations she creates from mundane objects and ephemera, including devalued bank notes, airline tickets, cigarette packets, and shopping bags. Leirner collects and categorizes objects and cultural detritus—including ephemera relating to the machinery of the art world and objects that bear a personal relationship to the artist—before reconfiguring them into meticulously constructed works that both draw attention to and negate their function. For her “Lung” series (1987), Leirner kept thousands of empty Marlboro boxes left over from her smoking habit before deconstructing them and stacking and stringing them together to create delicate compositions that reflect on materiality and color. In works such as Crossing Colors (2012), composed of colorful lengths of wood slotted together in a cross formation on the floor, Leirner references Brazilian Constructivism, Arte Povera, and Minimalism. She counts the artists Eve Hesse and Cildo Meireles as major influences on her work.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
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