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Mike Kelley
     

Mike Kelley

by Mike Kelley
 

Seminal Los Angeles-based artist and writer Mike Kelley has said, looking back on his career, I didn't want to be a rock musician; I wanted to be an artist. And I think the reason I chose it was that at that time it was the most despicable thing you could be in American culture... I came from a milieu in which artists were despised, whereas rock musicians and drug

Overview

Seminal Los Angeles-based artist and writer Mike Kelley has said, looking back on his career, I didn't want to be a rock musician; I wanted to be an artist. And I think the reason I chose it was that at that time it was the most despicable thing you could be in American culture... I came from a milieu in which artists were despised, whereas rock musicians and drug dealers were, you know, hipster culture heroes." Along with a selection of essays (including several by Kelley on his individual works), an extensive checklist and a glossary, this volume compiles 40 of the artist's key pieces from the last three decades from the discriminating and influential collection of Ingvild Goetz, who opened her first gallery in 1969 with groundbreaking exhibitions of leading Arte Povera artists, as well as Andy Warhol, Arakawa, Bruce Nauman, Jurgen Klauke, Jochen Gerz and Cy Twombly."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780923183097
Publisher:
A.R.T. Press
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Edition description:
Limited Edition
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.22(d)

Meet the Author

Mike Kelley, one of the most controversial, prolific and influential figures in contemporary art, was born in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, and earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters from California Institute of the Arts. His work, often wickedly humorous and drawing on both high art and the vernacular with distinctively American iconography, ranges across media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, music, performance, writing and video projects, the last often in collaboration with artists such as Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon and Tony Oursler. In 1993, The Whitney Museum of American Art held a major retrospective of his work. He lives in Los Angeles, and is a member of the graduate faculty at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

Mike Kelley, one of the most controversial, prolific and influential figures in contemporary art, was born in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, and earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters from California Institute of the Arts. His work, often wickedly humorous and drawing on both high art and the vernacular with distinctively American iconography, ranges across media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, music, performance, writing and video projects, the last often in collaboration with artists such as Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon and Tony Oursler. In 1993, The Whitney Museum of American Art held a major retrospective of his work. He lives in Los Angeles, and is a member of the graduate faculty at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

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