STREET now open! Chicago | Los Angeles | Miami | New York | San Francisco | Santa Fe
Amsterdam | Berlin | Brussels | London | Paris | São Paulo | Toronto | China | India | Worldwide
 
New York

Mike Kelley

20140505213706-mike_kelley_aah_youth Some Closing Thoughts on the Mike Kelley Retrospective (MOCA Geffen, Los Angeles)  
by
Mike Kelley at MOCA Geffen Contemporary March 31st - July 28th
Posted 9/1/14

To borrow a thought from Deleuze and Guattari, art is not chaos, but a composition of chaos that makes possible a wide range of unpredictable new emotions and ideas. It pushes at the borders of the imagination, inviting new ways of seeing, and sharping our capacities for critical reflection. Truly powerful art may even change how we perceive our world, and re-situate our agency within it. The Mike Kelley retrospective (currently on view at LA MoCA), reminds me of a quote by filmmaker David Lyn... [more]

20140505213706-mike_kelley_aah_youth Foul Perfection and Catholic Tastes   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Mike Kelley at MOCA Geffen Contemporary March 31st - July 28th
Posted 4/29/14

Most of the rituals of living life are laid bare in the Museum of Contemporary Art's retrospective of Mike Kelley at the Geffen. Traumas bubble up from the basement of our pasts. Memory is found to be faulty and capable of being reorganized by desire. Patterns of life held dear today are found to have disturbing origins in history of violence and exploitation. All delivered with laughter, diabolical and absurd, the kind that comes from camp's exaggeration and annihilation of form. Kelley was rauc... [more]

20130709065239-install_07 WallCats   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Michele Abeles, Rita Ackermann, Antonio Adams, Bill Adams, Laura Aldridge, Graham Anderson, Araki, Cory Arcangel, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Matthew Barney, Will Benedict, Olaf Breuning, Janet Burchill, Kathe Burkhart, Carter, Antoine Catala, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Cole, David Colman, Lauren Crahan, Cynthia Daignault, Lucky DeBellevue, Jake Ewert, Bella Foster, Magdalena Frimkess, Jeff Funnell, Rainer Ganahl, Paul Georges, Eric Ginsburg, Karin Gulbran, Tamar Halpern, June Hamper, John Hartman, Daniel Heidkamp, Robert Heinecken, John Hiltunen, Ann Cathrin November Hoibo, Jonathan Horowitz, Marc Hundley, Gary Indiana, Matt Keegan, Mike Kelley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Barbara Kruger, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Sadie Laska, Elad Lassry, Mark Leckey, Cary Leibowitz, Rhonda Lieberman, Beca Lipscombe, Cassandra MacLeod, Alissa McKendrick, Lucy McKenzie, Ryan McNamara, Siobhan Meow, Marilyn Minter, Dave Muller, Takeshi Murata, Eileen Neff, Laura Owens, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Eileen Quinlan, Jennifer Rochlin, Sam Roeck, Ruth Root, Kay Rosen, Jason Rosenberg, Theo Rosenblum, Gus Van Sant, Joe Scanlon, Chelsea Seltzer, Steven Shearer, David Shrigley, Patti Smith, Frances Stark, Amy Taubin, Nicola Tyson, Andy Warhol, Gia Wolff, Jordan Wolfson, B. Wurtz, Rob Wynne at White Columns June 14th, 2013 - July 27th, 2013
Posted 7/9/13

The Cat Show was inevitable: an art exhibition devoted to the feline as internet meme, domestic partner, and kitsch icon. Contemporary cat tropes were as bound to spill into art spaces as the boom of advertising was irresistible fodder for the “pictures generation” forty years ago. The temptation is to dismiss The Cat Show, now on view at White Columns, as pandering: like a motorcycle exhibition or Harry Potter at the Discovery Center. The Walker Art Center presented a wildly popular Int... [more]

20120326233937-michelson01 Herzog’s Whitney Biennial Piece Is Not Overrated but Under-Thought  
by
Kai Althoff, Thom Andersen, Charles Atlas, Lutz Bacher, Forrest Bess, Dennis Cooper, Cameron Crawford, Moyra Davey, Liz Deschenes, Nathaniel Dorsky, Nicole Eisenman, Kevin Jerome Everson, Vincent Fecteau, Andrea Fraser, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Vincent Gallo, K8 Hardy, Richard Hawkins, Werner Herzog, Jerome Hiler, Matt Hoyt, Dawn Kasper, Mike Kelley, John Kelsey, John Knight, Jutta Koether, The Red Krayola, George Kuchar, Laida Lertxundi, Kate Levant, Sam Lewitt, Joanna Malinowska, Andrew Masullo, Nick Mauss, Richard Maxwell, Sarah Michelson, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Stephen O’Malley, Laura Poitras, Matt Porterfield, Luther Price, Lucy Raven, Peter Rehberg, Kelly Reichardt, Elaine Reichek, Michael Robinson, Georgia Sagri, Michael E. Smith, Tom Thayer, Wu Tsang, Oscar Tuazon, Gisèle Vienne, Frederick Wiseman at Whitney Museum of American Art March 1st, 2012 - May 27th, 2012
Posted 4/1/13

My response to Art Fag Cities' Paddy Johnshons review of the Werner Herzog work at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, also mentioned in CAPITAL magazine.  PARIS — In a recent article on AFC, Paddy Johnson argues that Werner Herzog’s piece in this year’s Whitney Biennial is essentially a throwaway. She sees Herzog’s contribution as a quick fix for inclusion that relies mainly on “bells and whistles” rather than substance. But her account is conspicuously reactionary and seems to be more of a response to... [more]

20121222170330-more_love_hours Something We've Lost: Mike Kelley in Retrospective   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Mike Kelley at Stedelijk Museum December 15th, 2012 - April 1st, 2013
Posted 12/22/12

Ever listen to an old soul or funk album and have one of those revelatory “so this is where Coolio got that sample” moments? The long awaited Mike Kelley retrospective at the Stedelijk guarantees a few of these embarrassing, how-did-I-not-know-this realizations. Embrace it, as embarrassment finds a companionable home in Kelley’s work, where youthful traumas, anxieties, and repressed memories come out to play – one of his later projects literally pairs Color Field painting with YouTube videos of humil... [more]

20120906174444-stedelijknieuwbouwjohnlewismarshall_original AMS Fall Previews: the Return of the Stedelijk   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Posted 9/6/12

Over the years visitors have left a number of Amsterdam guidebooks on my bookshelf. Out of curiosity, I recently perused the entries for the Stedelijk, Amsterdam’s modern and contemporary art museum, which has been closed for renovations for nearly a decade. One tells me the displaced museum “will reopen in the original building” in December 2009; another offers the even more suspect “closed until mid-2006.” The misinformation ends here. Let the fanfare commence as I tell you now what these mis... [more]

20120326175818-2012_biennial_lobby_01 GEOslant: Natalie Hegert at the Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Kai Althoff, Thom Andersen, Charles Atlas, Lutz Bacher, Forrest Bess, Dennis Cooper, Cameron Crawford, Moyra Davey, Liz Deschenes, Nathaniel Dorsky, Nicole Eisenman, Kevin Jerome Everson, Vincent Fecteau, Andrea Fraser, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Vincent Gallo, K8 Hardy, Richard Hawkins, Werner Herzog, Jerome Hiler, Matt Hoyt, Dawn Kasper, Mike Kelley, John Kelsey, John Knight, Jutta Koether, The Red Krayola, George Kuchar, Laida Lertxundi, Kate Levant, Sam Lewitt, Joanna Malinowska, Andrew Masullo, Nick Mauss, Richard Maxwell, Sarah Michelson, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Stephen O’Malley, Laura Poitras, Matt Porterfield, Luther Price, Lucy Raven, Peter Rehberg, Kelly Reichardt, Elaine Reichek, Michael Robinson, Georgia Sagri, Michael E. Smith, Tom Thayer, Wu Tsang, Oscar Tuazon, Gisèle Vienne, Frederick Wiseman at Whitney Museum of American Art March 1st, 2012 - May 27th, 2012
Posted 3/26/12

“Be advised that the fourth floor galleries will be closing in about fifteen minutes for Sarah Michelson’s performance,” I was told when I arrived at the Whitney ticket counter, “So you should probably begin your visit there.” Yeesh. Fifteen minutes for an entire floor? I’d better hurry, I thought, as I dashed to the elevator. On the fourth floor, one of Michelson’s dancers was warming up, stretching her limbs out with a couple quick pas-de-bourrées over the dance floor—a site-specific work in i... [more]

20120223200452-kelleymemorial More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Mike Kelley at Carport on Tipton Way Near Figueroa February 23rd, 2012 - March 31st, 2012
Posted 2/23/12

Yes, we made that. Together and apart, under a spectral influence. There was one soul who started it and another and another, all of it combining and agglomerating, collected compassion, unabashed sentimentality, gratitude and grief. Neither elitist nor crass, all at once scruffy and cleansing, soft and hard. A shrine, maybe, even if it enshrined would handily sneer at his affiliation with such roadside divinity. Not unlike the working class, from which he and many of us come, artists often work with... [more]

20110828083316-mike_kelley_2011_kandor_10b30 Mike Kelley at Gagosian Britannia Street   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Mike Kelley at Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street September 8th, 2011 - October 22nd, 2011
Posted 10/10/11

In the current exhibition at the Brittania Street Gagosian we are told that Mike Kelley expands on two previous major projects—the Kandor series and the Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction (EAPR) – combining them into one mega installation. Lost? Well so was I! It turns out that this bizarrely titled installation is based on a rather arcane conceit and may need a little explanation: the Kandors, apparently, are representations of Superman’s city of birth, the only remaining part of h... [more]

20100907015446-move_choregraphy A Response to the Present   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Trisha Brown, Tania Bruguera, William Forsythe, Simone Forti, Isaac Julien, Mike Kelley, Wayne McGregor, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Yvonne Rainer, La Ribot, Tino Sehgal at Hayward Gallery October 13th, 2010 - January 9th, 2011
Posted 1/2/11

The challenge with participatory art practices is to elicit and motivate a physical response from a viewing body that have a “no touch” attitude ingrained in their viewing practice. Even the name 'visual art' references a distanced relationship with the object. Visual is related to the act of seeing, not touching, nor moving really. The current Hayward exhibition Move Choreographing You examines seminal works and new comissions from the last 50 years, along with performative works and actions... [more]

Kelleyandsmithvoyagers Michael Smith and Mike Kelley's Voyage   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Mike Kelley, Michael Smith at West of Rome May 26th, 2010 - August 26th, 2010
Posted 7/26/10

Leave it to Beckett to pose the activity of art making as one massive, unredeemable failure: “To be an artist is to fail,” he says in one of his more lucid moments, “As no other dares fail, and that failure is his world and the shrink from it desertion, art and craft, good housekeeping and living.” Beckett’s is a strange vocation, which could also read as an instructional manual for both Mike Kelley and Michael Smith, who both made careers in the nineties, exploring the fine art of fail... [more]

01 Culture: Yours or Ours?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Vito Acconci, Richard Artschwager, Matthew Barney, Alfredo Jaar, Mike Kelley, Sharon Lockhart, Richard Long, Richard Prince, Lorna Simpson, Tony Tasset, Gillian Wearing at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) March 13th, 2010 - September 5th, 2010
Posted 5/17/10

It’s impossible to enter the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MCA) current exhibition “Rewind: 1970s to 1990s, Works from the MCA Collection” without first encountering Kay Rosen’s new work Yours/ours, 2010.  Rosen’s language-based works explore the significant shifts in meaning that can happen to words or phrases when seemingly insignificant shifts in their presentation are made.  At the MCA, Rosen presents the word “YOURS” divided by the entrance to the galleries in such a way so that... [more]

Da3 Crash: Homage to J.G.Ballard   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Richard Artschwager, Francis Bacon, JG Ballard, Hans Bellmer, Glenn Brown, Chris Burden, Jake & Dinos Chapman, John Currin, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Paul Delvaux, Cerith Wyn Evans, Cyprien Gaillard, Douglas Gordon, Loris Gréaud, Richard Hamilton, Roger Hiorns, Damien Hirst, Dan Holdsworth, Carsten Höller, Edward Hopper, Allen Jones, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Vera Lutter, Florian Maier-Aichen, Paul McCarthy, Adam McEwen, Dan Mitchell, Malcolm Morley, Mike Nelson, Helmut Newton, Cady Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Eduardo Paolozzi, Steven Parrino, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, George Shaw, Cindy Sherman, John Hilliard and Jemima Stehli, Piotr Uklański, Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread, Christopher Williams, Jane and Louise Wilson, Christopher Wool at Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street February 11th, 2010 - April 1st, 2010
Posted 3/14/10

‘The choreography of mediatised reality’   --Will Self, ‘The Bounds of Inner Space’ Gagosian Gallery Catalogue 2010 We are not living in the real world, but merely exist in a virtual dimension, held like flies in aspic by shifting screens and filters which drip feed sensations of experience: violence, pleasure, the monstrous, the curious. These filters are precisely created episodes of a world theatre, a continuous and totally involving soap opera. ‘CRASH: Homage to... [more]

Love_hours_gallery_2a_lr Reciprocated Love   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Celia Baker, Daniel Baker, Christian Capurro, Goekhan Erdogan, Bob Flanagan, Dorothy Iannone, Mike Kelley, Cristiano Mangione, JORGE PERIS, Sarah Pucci, Sheree Rose at FEINKOST February 28th, 2009 - April 19th, 2009
Posted 3/22/09

          Andy Warhol's dictum that "Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art," is often cited as a paradigm-changing contribution to contemporary art. In today's economy, however, artists need to re-evaluate those values and find other ways to gauge the cost-benefits of creative endeavors. One such approach is offered by the moving and thought-provoking group show "More Love Hours That Can Ever Be Repaid," curated by Aaron Moulton at the Feinkost gallery.... [more]

11 Gold-diggers   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Tonico Lemos Auad, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, Isabelle Cornaro, Ligia Dias, Marcel Duchamp, Fang-Ntoumou, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Robert Filliou, Isa Genzken, Fabrice Gygi, Mona Hatoum, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Mike Kelley, Jutta Koether, Sigmar Polke, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Wolfgang Tillmans, Danh Vo, Heimo Zobernig at Galerie Chantal Crousel February 21st, 2009 - April 11th, 2009
Posted 3/15/09

        Bijoux de famille Exhibition view Photo credit: Florian Kleinefenn "I am very fond of gold, because it is symbolic.I look at gold in a disinterested way;Gold is like the sun, it is unalterable." Marcel Broodthaers "I believe enormously in eroticism, because it is something truly general throughout the world, something that everyone understands. It replaces, if you wish, what other Literary Schools call Symbolism, Romanticism. It could be another "ism", so to speak. I don't en... [more]

Lawler_matchbooks Art I Wouldn't Want to Part With   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Barbara Bloom, Sophie Calle, Trisha Donnelly, Sam Durant, Maria Eichhorn, Sylvie Fleury, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Dan Graham, Renée Green, Fabrice Gygi, Jamie Isenstein, Mike Kelley, Louise Lawler, Leigh Ledare, Sam Lewitt, ivan matos, Allan McCollum, Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock, Walter Robinson, Aura Rosenberg, Jim Shaw, Greg Parma Smith, John Waters, Lawrence Weiner at Swiss Institute February 13th, 2009 - April 4th, 2009
Posted 2/15/09

For REGIFT New York artist and Swiss Institute Director John Miller chose the works and commissioned a total of 25 artists. The artists handle the subject of gift exchange in its many arrays including appropriation, value, potlatch (recirculation) and reciprocity. It is a very intriguing art show, with many multi- layered background stories. As objects, many of the artworks summon the surreal, existing as darling momentos generously on view for the public.Jamie Isenstein has bestowed props which a TV... [more]

Picture_3 Fama and Fortune Bulletin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Paweł Althamer, Thomas Baldwin, Herbert Brandl, Gilbert Bretterbauer, Helmut Draxler, Kim Gordon, On Kawara, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Peter Kogler, Liz Larner, Timothy Martin, Albert Oehlen, Frances Stark, Haim Steinbach, Catherine Sullivan, Franz West, Christopher Williams, Christopher Wool, Vadim Zakharov at 2nd Cannons November 21st, 2008 - January 10th, 2009
Posted 12/1/08

The current exhibition of catalogues entitled Fama and Fortune Bulletin at 2nd Cannons is sexy. Partially because of the design: brown, recycled paper, soft covers with uniformed layout and matte pages. Somewhat because of their presentation: aligned on four white shelves with warm spotlights.  But mostly because of their content: every issue one or two artists are invited to design, write and format the contents of the publication. Albert Oehlen, Franz West, Martin Kippenberger, Frances Stark an... [more]

Schmid Second Time Around – One Curator’s Year Regurgitated   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Genpei Akasegawa, Ron Amstutz, David Askevold, Robert Beck, Nayland Blake, Thomas Chimes, Loren Connors, Liz Craft, Jaime Davidovich, Michaela Eichwald, Richard Foreman, Robert Grenier, K8 Hardy, Matt Hoyt, Alex Hubbard, Gareth James, Rolf Julius, AKIRA KANAYAMA, Mike Kelley, Kate Manheim, Paul McCarthy, Dave Miko, Masaya Nakahara, R. H. Quaytman, Hannes Schmid, Olivia Shao, Food Shop, Michael Smith, Tom Thayer, Lee Williams, Martha Wilson, Marian Zazeela at White Columns November 5th, 2008 - December 13th, 2008
Posted 11/9/08

Typically, if one sees work that she/he likes, they are not likely to get a second chance to see such work again for quite some time, since the unspoken rule of our beloved galleries is to avoid anything that is not making its debut. I suspect, for this reason, the non-profit space White Columns inaugurated their Looking Back annual, three years ago. Each installment is selected by a NYC-based curator who gets to round together their favorite works seen about town in institutions, gallery setti... [more]

C-puppet3001x Puppets!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
by
Guy Ben-Ner, Nayland Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Anne Chu, Nathalie Djurberg, Terence Gower, Dan Graham, Christian Jankowski, Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, Survival Research Laboratory, Cindy Loehr, Paul McCarthy, Annette Messager, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Philippe Parreno, Thomas Schütte, Laurie Simmons, Doug Skinner, Kiki Smith, Michael Smith, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, Charlie White at Santa Monica Museum of Art May 24th, 2008 - August 9th, 2008
Posted 6/14/08

Puppets, puppetry and the like are often relegated to being an obscure subgenre of the theater or sometimes of the art world but the exhibition, The Puppet Show, currently on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, points out the fact that puppets frequently infiltrate popular culture and bring along with them issues that loom large like agency, control, miniaturization and manipulation. These issues are explored by a wide range of internationally recognized artists who have created work that i... [more]

Is this your profile?
Click here to claim your profile
Main-addtags-924c433b10d7fa1e798f459a6c516fec add to mylistWarn16_1-acea3e816f6ab6f7c1ff67db4fe34a36 report abuseMain-help-83f1644dca34c1af4fed1d49d175d955 contact us for help

Copyright © 2006-2012 by ArtSlant, Inc. All images and content remain the © of their rightful owners.