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Michael Landy: Art World Portraits

Past display archive
5 February - 31 July 2011

Room 40


Michael Landy
by Michael Landy
NPG 6874

This display of portrait drawings by Michael Landy, one of Britain’s most respected contemporary artists, focuses on sitters from the art world, some of whom came to prominence 1990s as part of the group popularly known as Young British Artists. Selected from a larger group of drawings of friends and family, this is a project that occupied Landy for over a year – he drew someone every day, for eight hours, seven days a week. Landy is best known for his monumental installation works including Breakdown in a disused Oxford Street department store, and Semi-Detached at the Tate, yet these intense and personal drawings testify to his engagement with portraiture and his fine draughtsmanship. He is currently Associate Artist at the National Gallery.

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