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Michael Landy

British, b. 1963

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Michael Landy

British, b. 1963

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A member of the Young British Artists (YBAs), conceptual artist Michael Landy produces installations that comment on consumerism. For his best-known work Break Down (2001), Landy gathered all of his worldly belongings, including clothes, postage stamps, a car, and works of art by himself and other artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, and installed them in a former shop space in central London. After cataloguing all 7,227 items, Landy destroyed them on an assembly line with the help of 10 workers. None of the remaining rubbish was sold, and Landy made no money from the project. “I’m always trying to get rid of myself,” Landy said of the piece. “That’s the closest I’ve ever got.” In Art Bin (2010), Landy invited members of the public, collectors, and artists to dispose of artworks in a giant transparent container installed in a London gallery. In recent years, Landy has also produced etchings of weeds in the traditional style of botanical studies.

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Tate Britain, and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Bienal de Sao Paulo, and 2 more
Biography

A member of the Young British Artists (YBAs), conceptual artist Michael Landy produces installations that comment on consumerism. For his best-known work Break Down (2001), Landy gathered all of his worldly belongings, including clothes, postage stamps, a car, and works of art by himself and other artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, and installed them in a former shop space in central London. After cataloguing all 7,227 items, Landy destroyed them on an assembly line with the help of 10 workers. None of the remaining rubbish was sold, and Landy made no money from the project. “I’m always trying to get rid of myself,” Landy said of the piece. “That’s the closest I’ve ever got.” In Art Bin (2010), Landy invited members of the public, collectors, and artists to dispose of artworks in a giant transparent container installed in a London gallery. In recent years, Landy has also produced etchings of weeds in the traditional style of botanical studies.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Britain, and 1 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
Bienal de Sao Paulo, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Michael Landy
17 Shows You Need to See during Frieze Week in London
Oct 1st, 2018
17 Shows You Need to See during Frieze Week in London
Why These 6 Artists Destroyed Their Own Art
Jan 9th, 2018
Why These 6 Artists Destroyed Their Own Art
This Artist Is Uncovering the Real Athens by Drawing It Hundreds of Times
May 24th, 2017
This Artist Is Uncovering the Real Athens by Drawing It Hundreds of Times
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