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Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley Untitled (COLLETOR! BUY ME....), 2009

Paper, pen and colored pencil on paper, UV Plexiglass frame
29 1/10 × 22 4/5 × 1 3/5 in
74 × 58 × 4 cm
location
Berlin
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Collection of John Morace and Tom Kennedy; Courtesy of Tanya Leighton, Berlin
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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Collection of John Morace and Tom Kennedy; Courtesy of Tanya Leighton, Berlin
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.

Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley Untitled (COLLETOR! BUY ME....), 2009

Paper, pen and colored pencil on paper, UV Plexiglass frame
29 1/10 × 22 4/5 × 1 3/5 in
74 × 58 × 4 cm
location
Berlin
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