Artwork of the Week – Michael Landy

Michael Landy H.2.N.Y. Metallic suicide 2006 Courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery, London © Michael Landy


Liverpool artwork of the week 2009-51. H.2.N.Y. Metallic suicide 2006 by Michael Landy in Joyous Machines at Tate Liverpool 2 October 2009 – 10 January 2010

The final artwork for 2009, I must have missed a week somewhere. This is one of the larger of several paintings by Landy responding to Jean Tinguely’s Joyous Machines and his Homage to New York suicidal sculpture. I think this was drawn with white oil stick onto black paper, others were done with gouache or correction fluid.

If you haven’t seen the exhibition yet why not go this weekend Sat/Sun 2-3 January 2010 as its only £1 to non-members (Normal full price is £6)

Landy co-curates Joyous Machines: Michael Landy and Jean Tinguely, and devotes special attention to Tinguely’s rarely examined early career, tracing the development of Tinguely’s work from the late 1940s building up to his momentous Homage to New York. This, the most famous and influential of all ‘auto-destructive’ works of art, was a 27ft high self-destroying mechanism that came to life for 27 minutes before catching fire during a performance in the Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art, New York on 17 March 1960.

Michael Landy’s comprehensive research and responses to the work, including a new documentary film and a selection of his impressive series of drawings (he has made over 160 in total), will be presented alongside photographs, films and relics of the original event.


Joyous Machines: Michael Landy and Jean Tinguely
2 October 2009 – 10 January 2010
at Tate Liverpool