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date: 25 August 2019

Landy, Michaellocked

(b London, May 13, 1963).
  • Andrew Cross

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(b London, May 13, 1963).

English sculptor, installation artist and draughtsman. After completing his BFA at Loughborough College of Art in 1983, he returned to London to take an MFA at Goldsmiths’ College in London (1985–8); his fellow students included Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas on the BFA course. He showed with other Goldsmiths’ graduates in the exhibitions Freeze I (London, Surrey Docks, 1988) and East Country Yard Show (London, 1990). His work at this time combined a formalism with a realist aesthetic: vast installations mimicking Minimalist sculpture but employing the materials and vernacular of street market stalls, including Market (installed London, Building One, 1990). Accompanied by video footage of actual street markets, the work indicated Landy’s concerns with the value of commodity exchange and production as well as with the interplay between materiality in art (with a nod to the Minimalism of Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt) and an aesthetic based on everyday activities. The social relations present in the processes of production and exchange continued to inform installations such as ...

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