Sean Landers: Artist Talk

Plaid jaguar standing on a log in the forest.
The Urgent Necessity of Narcissism for the Artistic Mind (Jaguar) (2014), oil on linen, 50" x 65".
A multi-colored bookshelf with a leopard snow globe on it.
Jaguar (The Urgent Necessity of Narcissism for the Artistic Mind) (2014), oil on linen, 72" x 55".
Sean Landers adjusting his glasses
New York City–based artist and spring 2017 Teiger Mentor in the Arts, Sean Landers, lecturing in Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
A bird feeding a baby bird in a darkened portioned of a woman's face.
Longhi Girl (2016), oil on linen, 50" x 43".
Numerous trees with various carvings in the bark.
Elysium (2016), oil on linen, 70" x 192".
Sean Landers at a podium
Teiger Mentor Sean Landers during his public lecture. William Staffeld / AAP

Sean Landers is best known for using his personal experience as public subject matter, and for utilizing diverse styles and media in a performative manner. His newest body of work continues to define and clarify themes he has pursued over his three decades–long career. His paintings uniquely articulate the experience of life as an artist and what it means to make something that will last beyond the lifetime of its maker.

Landers has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally. In addition to solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis and Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland, Landers has been included in shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; New Museum, New York City; The High Line, New York City; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Denver Art Museum; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Seattle Art Museum; Deichtorhallen Hamburg; Tate Modern, London; among many others.

Born in Palmer, Massachusetts, Landers lives and works in New York City. He received an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art and a B.F.A. from the Philadelphia College of Art. He is represented by Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York City; China Art Objects, Los Angeles; Capitain Petzel, Berlin; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; greengrassi, London; and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo.

Landers is the spring 2017 Teiger Mentor in the Arts.