Published by Petzel. Edited by Michelle Reyes Landers. Foreword by Jason Murison. Text by Sean Landers.
Sean Landers' North American Mammals presents three groups of paintings, each of which refer to one another on various levels. These include paintings depicting bookshelves holding books whose spines contain a continuous text by Landers; portraits of animals with fur rendered in Scottish tartan designs; and a series of ocean paintings. Landers' text here is existential and emotional, his animals symbolic, overt caricatures but also characters in a story.
Much like Magritte, Landers' paintings often negotiate the visual relationships between image and word. His newest body of work offers a layered story of mortality, artistic legacy and the posterity of art, as symbolized in the books--made up of his words--that sit upon the shelves. This clothbound hardcover beautifully presents Landers' work, with text printed on paper between images and several gatefolds.
BOOK FORMAT Clth, 9 x 11.75 in. / 68 pgs / 44 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 5/26/2015 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2015 p. 177
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780980140408FLAT40 List Price: $30.00 CDN $40.00 GBP £27.00
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Paul Ha. Text by Dominic Molon, Matthew Higgs.
Through media as various as paintings, diaristic calendars and performative videos, New York-based artist Sean Landers (born 1962) articulates his personal self-doubts and humiliations, attempting a sincere and unflinching excavation of the artist's consciousness. Landers foregrounds the artist's personality as an object worthy of study, and in his relentless articulation of emotion, at its most base and its most noble--from self-loathing to empathy and love--he reconceives and renews this persona. This volume, and the exhibition it accompanies at the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, takes the years between 1990 and 1995 as Landers' formative and decisive period, and examines the conceits that he has cultivated over the course of his 20-year career, from the early yellow legal pads featuring the fictional artist Chris Hamson as autobiographer to the reclaiming of the persona by Landers' own voice.
Say for instance that I thought my life was worth describing every ugly detail of and that I was deluded enough to think my jerking off in my studio was something higher than what it is... So begins Sean Landers' [sic], an artist's book that reproduces a single extended writing performance piece from the early 1990s, as it was written out by hand.
PUBLISHER Glenn Horowitz Bookseller
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 5.5 x 7 in. / 454 pgs.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/31/2010 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2010 p. 147
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780982074787TRADE List Price: $25.00 CDN $30.00
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Beatrix Ruf. Text by Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Alex Fahrquharson.
Announcing the second edition of this classic monograph--back in stock! 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.
Published by Regency Arts Press. Artwork by Sean Landers.
Whether you're a fan of Sean Landers's prolific, varied, purposely self-aggrandizing and simultaneously self-puncturing career or not (and no one is neutral), there's one thing that's indisputable: He's wickedly funny. And nowhere is his humor sharper than in these previously uncollected drawings from 1991-92, in which a cast of art-world strivers, including gallerists, painters and groupies, parade across the page with all their hilarious insecurities on display. The most prominent form in which Landers delivers his witty apercus through these characters is the T-shirt slogan: “I used to show in the 80s”; “I went to Yale too”; or “I emerged as an artist during the Gulf War.” In a drafting style that resembles a cleaned-up R. Crumb and with his trademark hand-lettered misspellings, Landers takes on all art types, exposing the shallowness of the successful artist and the flop, the egotism of the collector and critic, in sometimes bawdy and frequently laugh-out-loud satire. Amazingly, this is a book that would be equally at home in a museum restroom stall or an exhibition vitrine.
PUBLISHER Regency Arts Press
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 4.5 x 6 in. / 140 pgs / 134 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 6/15/2005 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2005 p. 158
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780974903743TRADE List Price: $25.00 CDN $30.00
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Beatrix Ruf. Essay by Alex Farquharson. Interview collaboration by Beatrix Ruf and CaoimhĂn Mac Giolla LeĂth.
Since the early 1990s, Sean Landers has made some of the most fascinating and repeatedly irritating art in circulation. The polar opposites of tormented self-doubt and endless self-aggrandizement run like threads through the artist's practice, as do several masks of failure that Landers uses as a strategy to preserve himself from impending loser-status. As the artist puts it, "My original idea was to make conceptual art entertaining, sloppy, emotional, human, and funny. Over the years I got so far out on this conceptual limb that I went around full circle until I was a traditional artist again. I tried to be ironic about it but eventually became sincere. Now I'm a happy victim of my own charade." This monograph presents an overview of Lander's oeuvre and includes works from 1992 to the present.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9.25 x 11.25 in. / 160 pgs / 80 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/15/2005 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2005 p. 117
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9782940271535TRADE List Price: $45.00 CDN $55.00