Michael Landy

About Artist: Michael Landy RA (born 1963) is one of the Young British Artists (YBAs). He is best known for the performance piece installation Break Down (2001), in which he destroyed all his possessions, and for the Art Bin project at the South London Gallery. On 29 May 2008, Landy was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.Landy was born in London. He first studied art in Loughton and Loughborough, then at Goldsmiths College in London, having been inspired to take up art professionally after having a picture selected for display on the BBC television art program Take Hart. After graduating from Goldsmiths in 1988, he exhibited in the Freeze exhibition, organised by Damien Hirst — an exhibition which first brought together a group of artists that would later become known as the YBAs. In 1990, Landy exhibited in East Country Yard with several of the artists from Freeze. His first solo exhibition was Market (1990), an installation comprising numerous empty market stalls. Like much of his later work it was intended as a comment on consumerism and society.

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