Cow (Lust), 2002, Oil on linen, 28 x 24 in. (71.4 x 61 cm)


Sean Landers

Kunsthalle Zurich
Limmatstrasse 270
July 17–October 31

Sean Landers was one of the avatars of early-’90s “abject” or “loser” art. His handwritten “diary” titled [sic], penned in 1995, remains a cult classic, standing out for its humor and a quality of honesty that was truly cringe inducing. In the decade since, he has continued to explore the ups and downs of artistic success. This show includes about eighty paintings, works on paper, videos, and sculptures. Although the catalogue is the first monograph on Landers, it’s rather more like an artist’s book: Landers has selected the images and made a collage of his own texts. It also includes a conversation between the artist, Kunsthalle director Beatrix Ruf, and critic Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, as well as an essay by Alex Farquharson.