Sean Landers (American, b.1962) is an artist who is talented in various different styles and medias. He was born in Palmer, MA, and graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from the Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale. Landers began his artistic career with the series Art, Life and God, which was exhibited in 1990. The confessional writings that made up the series exemplified Landers’ desire to make honest work. In the first half of the 90s, Landers strove to define himself as an artist through his work, creating wet sculptures and more stream-of-consciousness writings, as well as developing an alternate personality named Chris Hamson. In 1993, Landers exhibited the culmination of his writings at the Venice Biennale. He spent the second half of the 90s exploring more Figurative work with pieces such as Alone (1996), which introduced the figure of the clown into his work. In 1996, Landers continued exploring Figurative work with his 13 piece set based on William Hogarth’s A Midnight Modern Conversation. These pieces have been exhibited more than any of his other work. Landers continued to explore Figurative work through 2003. During this time, he found inspiration in René Magritte’s vache period, as well as in Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), and Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887–1968). Landers also returned to stream-of-consciousness with spoken word pieces such as The Man Within (2000). The clown, introduced in Alone, returned in 2011 with the artist’s Around the World Alone exhibition at the Friedrich Petzel Gallery. Landers’ work has been shown around the world at places such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Saatchi Gallery, London, and the Zurich Kunsthalle. The artist lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1962
Born in Palmer, Massachusetts
1984
BFA, Philadelphia College of Art, PA
1986
MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
Lives and works in New York City

Exhibitions

2013
The Drawing Center, New York, Drawing Time, Reading Time, November 15–January 12, 2014, curated by Claire Gilman (catalogue)
2013
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK, Aquatopia: The Imaginary of the Ocean Deep, July 20–September 22, 2013, curated by Alex Farquarson. Travels to: Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, UK, October 12–January 26, 2014 (catalogue)
2013
The Hole, New York, NY, Summer Reading, July 18–August 24
2013
Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Unlimited, June 13–June 16, curated by Gianni Jetzer (catalogue)
2013
The Future Moyhihan Station, New York, NY, DSM-V, May 7 – June 4, curated by David Rimanelli
2013
The High Line, New York, NY, Busted, April 18–April 24, 2014, curated by Cecilia Alemani
2013
New Museum, New York, NY, NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, February 13–May 26, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Jenny Moore and Margot Norton (catalogue)
2013
Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Merci Mercy, January 24–February 17, co-curated by Christine Messineo and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld
2012
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium, November 8–December 21(catalogue) (solo)
2012
Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels, Belgium, November 8–December 21, Longmore greengrassi, London, UK, April 26–June 16 (solo)
2012
Patricia Low Contemporary, St. Moritz, Switzerland, The Man Who Would Be King, December 27–February 2, 2013, curated by Max Henry
2012
La Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy, Freedom not Genius: Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection, November 10–March 10, 2013, curated by Elena Geuna (catalogue)
2012
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, The Feverish Library, September 6–October 20, organized in cooperation with Matthew Higgs
2012
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, It’s Always Summer on the Inside, July 10–August 24, organized by Dan McCarthy (catalogue)
2012
Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, Looking Back for the Future, June 9–17
2012
Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy, Pittura (1995–2009), April 11–May 31, 2012
2012
Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York, NY, Spelling the Image, January 26–March 3
2012
Boo-Hooray Gallery, New York, NY, Artists’ Book Not Artists’ Book, January 18–February 12, curated by Johan Kugelberg and Jeremy Sanders (catalogue)
2012
Seventeen Gallery, London, UK, A Plea for Tenderness, Januay 12–February 25, curated by David Raymond Conroy
2011
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, Sean Landers: A Midnight Modern Conversation, April 21–June 18 (catalogue) (solo)
2011
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, Sean Landers: Around the World Alone, May 6–June 25 (solo)
2011
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, Syntax: Text and Symbolism for a New Generation: Works from the Hadley Martin Fisher Collection, July 9–September 25
2011
Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium, Sorry We’re Closed booth, The Big Clown Show, April 28–May 1
2011
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, 1:1, April 5–June 25 (Sean Landers: Around the World Alone: Ancient Mariner, May 6–14)
2011
Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, CLAP, March 27–May 22, 2011, curated by Nova Benway, Michelle Hyun, Nathan Lee and Dylan Peet, in collaboration with Tom Eccles
2011
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Midnight Party, March 19–February 23, 2014, curated by Joan Rothfuss apexart, New York, NY, Let It End Like This, March 9–May 14, curated by Todd Zuniga
2010
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, Sean Landers: 1991–1994, Improbable History, January 22–April 11, curated by Laura Fried and Paul Ha (catalogue) (solo)
2010
China Art Objects, Los Angeles, CA, The Inauguration of China Art Objects in Culver City, September 18–October 23
2010
Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY, Re-Dressing, September 15–November 6
2010
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY, Peter Saville: Accessories to an Artwork, August 14–September 26
2010
Feature Inc., New York, NY, Tom of Finland and Then Some, June 25–July 31
2010
Galerie Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin, Germany, Alles Berliner, June 12–July 31
2010
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, She Awoke with a Jerk, May 8–June 26, curated by Nigel Cooke
2010
Ditch Projects, Springfield, OR, Beside Himself—Exhibiting Male Anxiety, May 8–30, curated by Terri C. Smith
2010
International Studio and Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY, An Act of Mischievous Misreading, April 17–19, curated by Anna Gritz
2009
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY, Sean Landers: Art, Life and God, October 24– January 10, 2010, curated by Jeremy Sanders (publication) (solo)
2009
Greengrassi, London, UK, June 24–August 1 (solo)
2009
Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, Sean Landers: Sadness Racket, March 14–April 7 (solo)
2009
Open Air Screening Room, Athens, Greece, Remap 2: Midsummer Night’s Dream: Intercessions, June 16–July 26, curated by Marina Fokidis and organized by ReMap KM
2009
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, The Making of Art, May 29–August 30, curated by Dr. Martina Weinhart (catalogue)
2009
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA, This Is Killing Me, May 23– April 26, 2010, organized by Diana Nawi (brochure)
2009
Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University Gallery Cork, Cork, Ireland, Grin and Bear It: Cruel Humor in Art and Life, March 20–July 5, curated by Claire Feeley and Matt Packer
2009
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, Jean-Luc Blanc: Opera Rock, March 5–June 14, curated by Alexis Vaillant
2009
Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York, NY, Talk Dirty to Me . . . , February 26–March 28, curated by Matvey Levenstein
2009
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany, Floors/Walls, February 14–March 21, curated by Matthew Higgs
2009
Vanmoerkerke Collection, Oostende, Belgium, You Will Never Wake up from This Beautiful Dream, January 4–April 15, curated by Johan Vansteenkiste
2008
Swiss Institute, New York, NY, THE WHY OF LIFE, April 9 to May 22
2008
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, Slightly Unbalanced, organized by the Independent Curators International, curated by Susan Hapgood, January 26 - April 13
2008
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany, May 2 – June 14 (solo)
2008
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007
China Art Objects, Lost Angeles, CA, September 8 – October 20 (solo)
2007
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX, "Superconscious, Automatisms Now," curated by Paola Morsiani, December 14, 2007 - March 9, 2008
2007
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY, The Office, November 30 - December 22
2007
Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, "Exhibitionism: An Exhibition of Exhibitions of Works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, curated by Matthew Higgs
2007
1st Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece, “Destroy Athens,” curated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Poka-Yio, and Augustine Zenakos, September 9 – December 2
2007
Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY, Post-Retro, September 14 - October 28
2007
Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, No context, June 30 – July
2007
Kantor/Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Warhol &…, June 28 – August 18
2007
Landesmuseum Linz, Linz, Austria, “Failure,” curated by Gabriele Spindler, June 21 – August 19
2007
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (solo)
2007
Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Late Picasso & Contemporary Painters,” (curated by Max Henry)
2006
greengrassi, London, March 1 – April 1 (solo)
2006
Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, June (solo)
2006
Andrea Rosen Gallery, late fall (solo)
2006
“Defamation of Character,” P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (organized by Neville Wakefield)
2006
“From Damien Hirst's Murderme Collection: In the Darkest Hour There Will Be Light,” Serpentine Gallery, Longon, England (catalogue)
2006
“Happiness,” Berlin Bienniale, Berlin, Germany (curated by Martin Germann for ‘Gagosian Gallery Berlin’)
2006
“Survivor,” Bortolami-Dayan Gallery, New York, NY (curated by David Rimanelli)
2006
“And Therefore I Am,” The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2006
“Test-Formed Drawing,” Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut
2005
China Art Objects, Los Angeles, Ca, “Welead Beshty, Sean Landers, Eriea Maneros, JP Munro and Andy Ouchi, and Michael Wetzel, May 7 - 28, 2005 (group)
2005
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany, “ON STAGE: Jamie Isenstein, Sean Landers, Charlemagne Palestine, Sue Tompkins,” April 1 – 29, 2005 (group)
2005
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, “Playtime,” March 11 – July 10, 2005 (group)
2005
Andrew Mummery Gallery, London, England, “Take It FURTHER” (Part II), curated by Gyonata Bonvicini, September 16 – October 15, 2005 (group)
2005
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, September 10 – October 8 (solo)
2004
China Art Objects, Los Angeles, September 18 – October 16 (solo)
2004
Sister, Los Angeles, September 18 – October 16 (solo)
2004
Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland, August 27 – October 31 (solo)
2004
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, February 26 – April 3 (solo)
2004
Casa del Mantegna, Mantova, Italy, “Guardare, Pensare, Raccontare, Conservare,” September 2 – November 15, (group)
2004
Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA,”Land of the Free,” August 5 – 28, 2004. (group)
2004
sister, Los Angeles, CA, “Jason Meadows,” June 19 – July 14, 2004. (group)
2004
Cheim & Read, New York, NY, “I Am the Walrus,” June 10 – July 31, 2004.(brochure) (group)
2004
Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, “Tenth Anniversary Exhibition,” June 5 – July 3, 2004. (group)
2004
Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield, CA, “Nature Study”, April 2 – May 1, 2004. (group)
2003
John Connelly Presents, “Today’s Man”, July 19 – September 13, 2003 (group)
2003
Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, “Rendered”, June 17 – August 1, 2003 (group)
2003
China Art Objects, Los Angeles, “Drop Out”, May 10 – June 14, 2003 (group)
2003
MIT Visual Arts Center, Boston, MA, “Influence, Identity and Gratitude” (Toward an understanding of trans-generational dialogue as a gift economy), May 8 – July 6, 2003, curated by Bill Arning (group)
2003
Blue Gallery, London, England, “Thatcher”, curated by Tara Howard, April 15 – May 17, 2003 (group)
2003
Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, “Face/Off: A Portrait of the Artist”, curated by Simon Groom, November 9, 2002 – January 5, 2003, traveling to Towner Art Gallery and Local Museum, Eastbourne, UK, March 8 – May 5, 2003 (catalogue) (group)
2003
Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, “Gallery Artists”, January 31 – March 1, 2003 (group)
2003
Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, “Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation”, January 18 – March 21, 2003, curated by Vicky A. Clark and Barbara J. Bloemink, organized by Pamela Auchincloss,; travels to Armory Center for the Arts, Old Padadena, CA, June 27 – August 15, 2004 . (catalogue) (group)
2003
Greengrassi, London, England, June 3 – July 31 (solo)
2002
Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, June 1- June 29 (solo)
2002
Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens, Greece, March 13 – May 10 (solo)
2001
Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France, September 8 - October 27 (solo)
2001
Andrea Rosen Gallery, NYC, April 12 – May 19 (solo)
2000
Greengrassi, London, England, June 16 – September 9 (solo)
2000
Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, April 1- May 6 (solo)
1999
Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany, May 12 – June 19 (solo)
1999
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, April 16 – May 22 (solo)
1999
Gallery Presenca, Porto, Portugal, January 30 – March 6 (solo)
1998
Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, March 20 – April 18 (solo)
1998
Crown Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, March 12 – April 28 (solo)
1997
Andrea Rosen Gallery, NYC, April - May (solo)
1997
Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy, January - February (solo)
1996
Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany, December 13 - January 25, 1997 (solo)
1996
Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens, Greece, June 1 - July 20 (solo)
1996
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, February 17 - March 23 (solo)
1995
Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France, September 16 - October 28 (solo)
1995
Andrea Rosen Gallery, NYC, April 13 - May 20 (solo)
1995
Galerie Birgit Kung, Zurich, Switzerland, February 23 - May 6 (solo)
1994
Bruno Brunnet, Berlin, Germany, September 30 - November 1 (solo)
1994
Jay Jopling/White Cube, London, England, May 13 - June 25 (solo)
1994
Stuart Regen Project, Los Angeles, CA, March 5 - April 9 (solo)
1993
Andrea Rosen Gallery, NYC, October 22 - November 27 (solo)
1993
Galerie Esther Schipper, Cologne, Germany, April - May (solo)
1993
Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France, April - May (solo)
1992
Andrea Rosen Gallery, NYC, February - March (solo)
1991
Robbin Lockett Gallery, Chicago, IL, October - November (solo)
1991
Marc Jancou Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland, March (solo)
1990
Postmasters Gallery, NYC, November - December (solo)
1990
Postmasters Gallery, NYC, January (solo)
1989
Tom Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles, CA (solo)