Major Mike Kelley Retrospective to Open at Stedelijk Museum, Will Travel to MoMA PS1


The newly renovated Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam will present a retrospective of the artist Mike Kelley, who died Jan. 31 this year at the age of 57. The show, called “Mike Kelley: Themes and Variations from 35 Years,” opens Dec. 15, 2012, and will include work from the 1970s right up until his death. This is his first large-scale Kelley retrospective since the Whitney’s “Catholic Tastes” exhibition in 1993. The exhibition is being organized by Eva Meyer-Hermann. Read More


Identifying the Artists on Morley Safer’s Segment, One Bon Mot at a Time

Ryan McGinley video at Team Gallery at Art Basel Miami (Still from 60 Minutes)

In all the hubbub over Morley Safer’s segment on 60 Minutes in which he trashes the art world on a visit to Art Basel Miami Beach, a follow-up to his 1993 dig at the industry, one thing we haven’t heard much of, at least not from Mr. Safer, is the names of the artists he shows in his segment—like Ryan McGinley, who made the video of a scantily clad woman holding a make-shift blowtorch, or Mike Kelley, responsible for the installation of sewn stuffed animals and Jennifer Rubell, whose interactive life-size sculpture of Prince William makes an appearance. And while Mr. Safer presents these works as emblems of his confusion and dismay at what has become of the art world, we can’t help think what a thrill it is to see Paul McCarthy’s large pink sculpture of a libidinous dwarf, White Snow Dwarf (Bashful), on national broadcast television. Savoring the moment with a few more artists, here’s a breakdown of some more work we found in the segment, each one paired with one of Mr. Safer’s signature bon mots at the time of their appearance. Read More

Whitney Biennial 2012

2012 Whitney Biennial Dedicated to Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley.

In this week’s New York magazine, Carl Swanson writes about Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley, who died on Jan. 31, at the age of 57, and reveals that the 2012 Whitney Biennial, which opens March 1 and includes Kelley’s work, has been dedicated to him.

Mr. Swanson reports that three videos produced by Kelley and the English public-art group Artangel will be on view in the exhibition. They document the travels of the artist’s Mobile Homestead, a replica of his childhood home, on the back of a flatbed truck through Detroit in 2010, a project realized with with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Read More


24 Hours of Mike Kelley Videos in Los Angeles

An invitation to the event.

Friends and family of the late artist Mike Kelley have organized a 24-hour screening of his videos this weekend at Los Angeles’s Farley Building. Set to run from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday, the exhibition is titled “For the Love of Mike.”

Not going to be in L.A. this weekend? Chelsea’s Nyehaus gallery has extended its “Hoodwinked” show through the end of the month, which features great early work by Richard Prince and Kelley. Beginning next month, the latter’s work will be on view in the Whitney Biennial. Read More


Mike Kelley’s Art

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Mobile Homestead, 2010

“I think Mike [Kelley] is arguably the key individual who changed the world’s perception of Los Angeles art,” Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles chief curator Paul Schimmel said yesterday, responding to the news of the artist’s death at the age of 57. For nearly four full decades, Kelley was a vital figure in Read More


Press Release of the Week: Nyehaus's "Hoodwinked"

"Hoodwinked," with work by Mike Kelley and Richard Prince. (Nyehaus)

It’s a busy time for art openings here in New York at the moment, and press releases are flooding mailboxes, but Nyehaus’s announcement for its upcoming Mike Kelley and Richard Prince show, “Hoodwinked,” easily breaks through the crowded field to take “Press Release of the Week” honors. Read More