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Michael Landy: Break Down

Publisher: London: Artangel, 2001
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1902201108
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 108958



First edition, first printing. Hardcover; loose pages bound in a two-ring translucent binder with title printed on cover and spine. Artist's book documenting the inventory and break down of all the artist's possessions, commissioned by The Times (London) and Artangel. Interview with the artist by Julian Stallabrass. Unpaginated (128 pp.), with numerous four-color and black-and-white illustrations. 9-1/2 x 8 inches.


Near Fine (some light soiling to the pages, else Fine).


From the publisher: "Through the 1990s, Landy's work has explored different aspects of contemporary consumerism. Over three years in the making, BREAK DOWN is [his] most ambitious - and most extreme - project to date. Michael Landy has made an inventory of his life -- of every single thing he owns. Every piece of furniture, every record, every article of clothing, every book, every gadget, every work of art...over 5000 individual items have been catalogued in Landy's existential audit. And all of them are broken down to the basic materials they are made of. Nothing but powder is left. This artist's book--part manual, part inventory, part research file--includes the complete list of his possessions, drawings, photographs, a collage of research materials and an interview with Julian Stallabrass, as well as a section of photographs from the actual installation in Oxford Street in London, February 2001."