First published on 9 December 2017
Michael Landy’s Art of Destruction and Renewal
Exhibition view: Michael Landy, Breaking News – New York at Sperone Westwater Gallery, third floor installation view (3 November–23 December 2018). Courtesy Sperone Westwater. Image via Hyperallergic.
There is an empty room on the top floor of Sperone Westwater Gallery— empty except for columns of words and numbers running up and down the walls. The columns make up an inventory of every single possession belonging to the artist Michael Landy, which he systematically destroyed over the course of two weeks in 2001, more than 7,000 items in all.