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b. 1963, United Kingdom

Michael Landy Biography

A member of the infamous and various Young British Artists, who rose to prominence in London in the late 1980s, Michael Landy is know for his diverse and unruly career, which has included performance, sculpture, and printmaking. Landy’s most best known work, his 2001 performance Break Down, featured the artist submitting all of his possessions to a team of 10 technicians who systematically destroyed them. Other works, such as 1995’s Scrap Heap Services or the 1990 installation Market have been similarly critical, alluding to Landy’s intention to reform, from the ground up, the way we think about and make art.

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Landy has been highly lauded in the United Kingdom: he was elected as a member of the Royal Academy and has been the recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation award. He has had several major exhibitions at museums around the world, including shows at the Tate London, the Bienal de Sao Paolo, the Royal Academy, and others.

Michael Landy Featured Artworks

Drawing (3) by Michael Landy contemporary artwork
Michael LandyDrawing (3), 2007Charcoal on paper, framed
147 x 207.9 cm (incl frame)
Thomas Dane Gallery
Work III by Michael Landy contemporary artwork
Michael LandyWork III, 1990Steel, red oxide, plywood and artificial grass
183 x 290 x 48 cm
Waddington Custot Enquire about this work
The Subject of Consumption by Michael Landy contemporary artwork
Michael LandyThe Subject of Consumption, 1999Ink on paper
150 x 114 cm
Karsten Schubert Enquire about this work
Wish You were Here...? by Michael Landy contemporary artwork
Michael LandyWish You were Here...?, 1996Ink on paper
100 x 70.2 cm
Karsten Schubert Enquire about this work

Michael Landy Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Landy, Scaled-Down at Thomas Dane Gallery, London
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2 October–17 November 2018 Michael Landy Scaled-Down Thomas Dane Gallery, London

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Michael Landy In Ocula Magazine

Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See By Elyse Goldfinch, Sydney

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Michael Landy In Related Press

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Older, wiser, and still decluttering: Artist Michael Landy on his latest project Related Press Older, wiser, and still decluttering: Artist Michael Landy on his latest project 28 October 2019, Irish Examiner

Everything from his car to his passport to his record collection, all 7,227 objects that he owned, were painstakingly catalogued and shredded in a vacant clothes store in London. Over 45,000 people came to see the two-week installation, which saw teams of workers, clad in overalls, dismantle Landy’s possessions on a factory-like conveyor belt...

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Home is where the art is: what Paula Rego, Lubaina Himid and other artists hang on their walls Related Press Home is where the art is: what Paula Rego, Lubaina Himid and other artists hang on their walls 26 August 2018, The Guardian

Art is more often a conversation than a monologue. Great and not-so-great artists have always wanted to surround themselves with paintings and objects that can speak to their own creative efforts. The most famous example of this desire perhaps is Henri Matisse, who as a young and struggling painter bought a small canvas by Paul Cézanne, Three...

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Now Jonathan Yeo is using Virtual Reality to make art Related Press Now Jonathan Yeo is using Virtual Reality to make art 11 December 2017, GQ

In celebration of its 250 th birthday, London's Royal Academy Of Arts explores the historic practice of life drawing in a revolutionary way. Beginning with the Academy's 18 th -century origins, From Life continues to the present and, most intriguingly, moves into the future. Historical paintings hang alongside works by Cai Guo-Qiang, Jenny...

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Michael Landy’s Art of Destruction and Renewal Related Press Michael Landy’s Art of Destruction and Renewal 9 December 2017, 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...

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