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Sean Landers

Andrea Rosen Gallery

After an early career devoted, more or less, to an obsessive chronicling of the mindset that goes along with jerking off to MTV, Sean Landers has finally sucked it up and started working. He’s produced a series of “bad” paintings, along with one sculpture (all works 1997), that feature some charmingly sad-sack riffing on the Masters, mixed with dispatches from the ’70s, the decade that time forgot. This bizarre hybrid opens up a whole new arena of loserdom for this artist. Zorkon is a large canvas showing a group of space aliens on a sailboat, which manages to recall both Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa and almost everything Winslow Homer ever did. In Dance of Life, a similarly large canvas, Landers pays homage to Matisse with a pack of naked hippies dancing in a ring, their genitals covered by strategically placed hands and feet.

Space Ape on Mars/Self Portrait has a space-suit-clad monkey

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