Michael Landy  H2NY

Text by Barry Schwabsky
Ridinghouse 2007 in association with Thomas Dane Gallery, London; and Alexander and Bonin, New York
£15  |  $39.95

27 × 21.5 cm  |  10 5/8 × 8 1/2 in
96 pp, 60 b&w ill
ISBN: 978 1 905464 07 4

Drawing upon Jean Tinguely’s Homage to New York (1960) performance, British artist Michael Landy’s re-enactment is explored in this volume.

On 17 March 1960, Jean Tinguely staged his infamous sculpture-performance Homage to New York in the garden of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The piece destroyed itself in only 27 minutes, a source of lifetime fascination and inspiration for Landy.


Best known for his Break Down project (2001) – during which he destroyed the totality of his possessions in an Oxford Street department store in London – Landy has paid homage to Tinguely’s piece. 


Accompanying reproductions of 40 of Landy’s studies on paper and David Ghar’s photography of Tinguely’s original performance, a text by Barry Schwabsky links both artists and projects.

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