Michael Landy

1963 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Michael Landy is an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Michael Landy was born in 1963. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Chris Ofili, Sam Taylor-Johnson (Taylor-Wood), Chantal Joffe, Tacita Dean and David Shrigley.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Michael Landy is represented and exhibited by two galleries, which are Thomas Dane Gallery | Naples in Italy and Andriesse Eyck Galerie in the Netherlands. Michael Landy's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Close: Drawn Portraits at Drawing Room in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 22 November 2018 until 03 February 2019. Michael Landy's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Thomas Dane Gallery in London (02 October 2018 - 17 November 2018) with the name Scaled-Down and David Nolan Gallery in New York (05 February 2020 - 13 March 2020) with the name Duchamp Threads the Needle. Michael Landy's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Summer Sale and took place at Sperone Westwater in New York, the United States from the 27 June 2018 to 03 August 2018.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious cultural authority of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a rather significant degree outshined by their respective influence on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and crucial agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, fundamentally distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically remarkable British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Michael Landy

Born in 1963, Michael Landy grew up during the 1980s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Michael Landy

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