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Sean Landers
Sean Landers
Sean Landers


Since the early 1990s, Sean Landers' oeuvre has proven to be one of the most fascinating and repeatedly irritating in contemporary art. (Over the years, he has become known as the artist who--with confessional and stream-of-consciousness texts and videos--presents himself as a failure in his art, his life and his relationships.) The polar opposites of tormented self-doubt and endless self-aggrandizement run like a thread through the artist's practice, along with a number of masks of failure used by the subject as a strategy to preserve himself from impending loser status. This volume presents an overview of Landers' work, including text and cartoon works on paper, paintings, sculpture, videos and audio works from 1992 to the present.

This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Sean Landers, at the Kunsthalle Zuurich, August 28 - October 31, 2004.

The publication contains the following texts: 
"Sean Landers: Art and Language" by Alex Farquharson
Interview with Sean Landers by Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith & Beatrix Ruf

Edited by Beatrix Ruf, Kunsthalle Zürich

Publisher: JRP|Ringier, 2009

Language: English 

Softcover: 159 pages

ISBN: 978-3905829877


About the artist

Sean Landers (b. 1962, Palmer, MA)

Sean Landers is a painter and multimedia artist living and working in New York. Landers received his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1986 and his BFA from Philadelphia College of Art in 1984. From confessions poured out in weblike formations on legal pads to revisions of Hogarth paintings and lonely clowns at sea, Landers’s artworks span an enormous breadth of subjects and touch on existential themes.  Landers has exhibited widely and had solo exhibitions at Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2020); greengrassi, London (2020); Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium (2019); Ben Brown Gallery, Hong Kong (2019); Capitain Petzel, Berlin (2016); Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo (2015); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, (2010); and the Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2004).

His work has been included in exhibitions at the Musée Magritte, Brussels (2017); ICA, Miami (2017); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2015); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); New Museum, New York (2013); DESTE Foundation, Athens (2013); Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa (2011); Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (2011); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011); Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany (2009); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams (2009); Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France (2009); White Columns, New York (2008); Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland (2008); 4th Berlin Biennial, Germany (2006); and MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2006).

His works are included in public collections including the Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City; Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; and The Brooklyn Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Walker Art Center, Minnesota; and The Kistefos Museum and Sculpture Garden, Jefnaker, Norway, among many others.