People appreciation

“The haunting presence of late Mike Kelley looms over the exhibition at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA like an itch that won’t go away,” writes Richard Chang, visual art critic of the L.A. Times.  Kelley’s works have the most imposing presence in the show although he is no longer with us.  His carpet and stuffed animal pieces influenced many and still do.

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6 thoughts on “People appreciation

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kelley’s works are priceless, and I love it that they’ve made their way into Los Angeles’ art hub.

  2. Dr. Jill

    Yes, I was sorry to hear of Mike Kelley’s suicide. His exterior and expressive side made it into the highest echelons of the art world. He appeared like a punk prankster.

  3. Janessa Breckenridge

    Mike Kelley was daring, for sure. His death brings to a tragic end a career empowered by both a punk-rock rebelliousness and pop-culture kitsch. He famously filled spaces with sculptures and unorthodox objects, and his solo exhibit “Catholic Tastes” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York established him as a major figure in the art world in 1993.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    Kelley’s death stunned the contemporary art world—and haunts it still. Almost immediately after the news of his death broke, cryptic signs started popping up on Manhattan lampposts that read “I Saw Mike Kelley Today.” In Highland Park, California, where Kelley kept his studio, an empty carport half a block away transformed into an overnight shrine.

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