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Mike Kelley

American, 1954–2012

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Mike Kelley

American, 1954–2012

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Los Angeles–based artist, critic, and curator Mike Kelley’s varied output included ritualized performance pieces, films, installations, wall-size drawings, paintings, and collaborations with artists such as Paul McCarthy, Tony Oursler, and bands Sonic Youth and Destroy All Monsters (1973-1985). Kelley's work challenged the legitimacy of "normative" values and authority systems, often employing the confrontational practices of punk music. He often sought to legitimize overlooked instances of vernacular art in America, as in his “Kandors” series, begun in 1999, in which he cast representations of the fictional city Kandor, taken from earlier Superman comics, in colored resins and set them in tinted glass bottles to resemble illuminated reliquaries.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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High auction record
$3m, Christie's, 2016
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Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 6 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 27 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 7 more
Biography

Los Angeles–based artist, critic, and curator Mike Kelley’s varied output included ritualized performance pieces, films, installations, wall-size drawings, paintings, and collaborations with artists such as Paul McCarthy, Tony Oursler, and bands Sonic Youth and Destroy All Monsters (1973-1985). Kelley's work challenged the legitimacy of "normative" values and authority systems, often employing the confrontational practices of punk music. He often sought to legitimize overlooked instances of vernacular art in America, as in his “Kandors” series, begun in 1999, in which he cast representations of the fictional city Kandor, taken from earlier Superman comics, in colored resins and set them in tinted glass bottles to resemble illuminated reliquaries.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$3m, Christie's, 2016
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 6 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 27 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 7 more
Shows Featuring Mike Kelley
Articles Featuring Mike Kelley
5 Artists Discuss UFOs, Pizzagate, and the Conspiracy Theories That Fascinate Them
Sep 26th, 2018
5 Artists Discuss UFOs, Pizzagate, and the Conspiracy Theories That Fascinate Them
How the Midwest Made Artists Out of Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw
Nov 22nd, 2017
How the Midwest Made Artists Out of Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw
The Woman Who Photographed Mike Kelley and John Baldessari Mid-Orgasm
Aug 8th, 2017
The Woman Who Photographed Mike Kelley and John Baldessari Mid-Orgasm
The 1990s
Aug 24th, 2015
The 1990s
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