Michael Landy

Appropriation 4

1990

Not on display

Artist
Michael Landy born 1963
Medium
9 photographs, dye destruction prints on paper
Dimensions
Image, each: 288 x 382 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Mottahedan Family 2018
Reference
P14978

Display caption

Michael Landy’s Market was an installation made by arranging typical market-stall stands, artificial grass and plastic bread-crates in a vast disused industrial space in south London. These stills are taken from a video piece called Appropriations, which was shown on three monitors around the space.

The video shows high street grocers setting up their stalls for the day, using the ubiquitous plastic crates ‘borrowed’ from bread manufacturers as platforms for their goods. Landy draws attention to this act of theft and re-use that has become part of an accepted daily ritual repeated throughout the world.

Gallery label, August 2004

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