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  • Wed, 13th Mar 2024 @ 18:00 - 20:00
  • 18:00 - 20:00

Join us on Wednesday 13 March at the RSA for an evening with Michael Landy, CBE, RA. 

The talk will cover Michael Landy’s body of work and artistic journey, from his time studying at Goldsmiths in the late 1980s, being part of the Freeze exhibition in 1988 at Londons docklands, to a set of works which explore the notion of value, destruction, labour, worth, issues of consumerism, ownership and the commodification of art, such as Closing Down Sale 1992 , Scrapheap Services 1995, Break Down 2001 - in which Landy catalogued and destroyed all his worldly belongings - as well as Art Bin 2010 for which he constructed an enormous Perspex cube at South London Gallery and asked people to discard artworks they own. Landy's recent works have also explored themes relating to media imagery and social-political symbolism and language, such as Breaking News 2015-2017 and Welcome to Essex 2021, as well as projects inviting contributions from the public, such as Acts of Kindness 2011-2012, for which the artist appealed to members of the public to submit stories on kindness, which were displayed on London Underground Stations. 

Michael Landy will be in conversation with Nour Saleh.

This event is free, but booking is essential. 

Michael Landy

Michael Landy was born in London in 1963, where he lives and works. Landy attended Goldsmiths College, London in 1988.

Selected solo and group shows include: Welcome to Essex, Firstsite, Colchester, England 2021; Scaled- Down, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England 2018; Open for Business at the first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art 2018; DEMONSTRATION, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada 2017- 18; Breaking News, Sperone Westwater, New York NY 2017; Breaking News – Athens, Neon/Diplarios School, Athens, Greece 2017; Out of Order, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland 2016; Saints Alive, National Gallery, London, England 2013; Michael Landy: Four Walls, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England 2013; Art World Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, England 2011; Art Bin, South London Gallery, London, England 2010.

Selected public collections include: Tate Collection, London; the Arts Council England; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York NY; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Royal Academy, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN. Landy was elected as a Royal Academician in May 2008 and received a CBE Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2021.

Art Breath x RSA

The arts may help us reflect, recognise and speak together on matters that affect us, join us

for Art Breath x RSA a series of events to hear from creatives who through either their art, lens, brushstrokes, minds, pens, music or digital tools will share their work, perspectives, concerns and hopes. A gathering to share art and connect us, exploring together how the arts can raise awareness on certain notions and issues, and even create change. For more information about Art Breath: Instagram: @artbreathorg @noursalehs. X: @artbreath_

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