Mike Kelley (1954-2012) was an American sculptor, painter, performance artist and video artist. His work often incorporated found objects, and employed collage, drawing and installation in the creation of art which was at once a reflection of, and a commentary on, contemporary American culture and politics. Throughout the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, Kelley collaborated with a number of artists, including Paul McCarthy and Tony Oursler. Upon his death in 2012, the New York Times called him, 'one of the most influential American artists of the past quarter century'.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, LA: ‘Installation’
The Museum Brandhorst, Munich: 'Dialogue #3’
MoMA PS1, New York; ‘untitled’
(travelled to Centre Pompidou, Paris)
The Tate, London: 'Channel One, Channel Two, Channel Three'
WIELS Contemporary American Art, Brussels: 'Education Complex’
The Tate, Liverpool: 'The Uncanny’
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona: ‘Mike Kelley’
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York: 'Catholic Tastes'
Eva Meyer-Hermann and Lisa Gabrielle Mark, Mike Kelley, Prestel Publishing, 2013.
Karsten Loeckemann, Stephan Urbaschek, Rainald Schumacher and Mike Kelley, Mike Kelley: Goetz Collection, Munich, 2009.
Karsten Lockemann and Stephan Urbaschek eds., Mike Kelley, exh. cat., Ingvald Goetz, Munich, 2008.
Mike Kelley, The Uncanny by Mike Kelley, Artist, exh. cat., Tate Liverpool and Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, 2004.
Mike Kelley, Mike Kelley, Phaidon Press Ltd, 1999.
Jose Lebrero Stals eds., Mike Kelley 1985-1996, exh. cat., Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, 1997.
Elizabeth Sussman, Mike Kelley: Catholic Tastes, exh. cat. Whitney Museum of American Art and Harry M. Abrams Inc., 1993.
Thomas Kellein, Mike Kelley, exh. cat., Basel, 1992.
William S. Bartman and Miyoshi Barosh eds., Mike Kelley, New York, 1992.
Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley, Heidi: Midlife Crisis Trauma Center and Negative Medida-Engram Abreaction Release Zone, exh. cat. Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, 1992.
Amada Cruz, Mike Kelley: Half a Man, exh. cat., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, 1991.
Howard Singerman and John Miller, Mike Kelley: Three Projects: Half a Man, From My Institution to Yours, Pay For Your Pleasure, exh. cat., University of Chicago, 1988.
Mike Kelley, Plato’s Cave, Rothko’s Chapel, Lincoln’s Profile, Artist’s Space, New York, 1986.
Matthew Biro, “Mike Kelley,” Artforum, October 2013.
Lisa Le Feuvre, “If at First You Don’t Succeed… Celebrate,” Tate Etc, Spring 2010.
Ruth Lopez, “Mike Kelley Goes Home Again,” The Art Newspaper, October 2010.
Eric Konigsburg, “Culture Warriors’ (Serious) Fun House,” The New York Times, September 2009.
André Rottmann, “Mike Kelley,” Artforum, January 2008.
Jennifer Allen, “Pleasure and Pain,” Artforum, October 2007.
Noëllie Roussel, “Elsewhere is Everywhere,” Art Press, April 2006.
John Waters, “Mike Kelley: You Have Made an Epic!,” Flash Art, November/December 2005.
John Kelsey, “Mike Kelley: Reversals, Recyclings, Completions, and Late Additions,” Time Out, November 2002.
Rosalind Krauss and Helen Molesworth, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” Documents 8, 1997.
Jake Chapman and Dinos Chapman, “Jake & Dinos Fine Arts Inc,” Dazed & Confused, 1996.
Elizabeth Sussman, “Mike Kelley,” Art in America, January/February 1995.
Dan Cameron, “Pop ‘n’ Rock,” Art Issues, November 1989.
Kim Gordon, “American Prayers,” Artforum, April 1985.
Carrie Rickey, “Art Attack,” Art in America, May 1981.
Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Art Institute of Chicago.
Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Statens Museum of Kunst, Copenhagen.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.