The Detroit-born American artist Mike Kelley (1954–2012) created a legacy that encompasses painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, performance, music, video, photography, collaborative works and critical texts. In the largest exhibition of his work ever organized—and the first comprehensive survey attempted since 1993—the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presentation of Mike Kelley brings together over 200 works, spanning the artist’s 35-year career.
Last February, Mike Kelley was found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in Pasadena, California. Brought up in a working-class, Roman Catholic milieu, the influential American artist was only 57 at the time of his death. He was represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York.
After Amsterdam, the show travels to the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2 May –5 August 2013), MoMA PS1, New York (7 October 2013– 5 January 2014) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (March–June 2014, exact dates to be confirmed).
Mike Kelley will be accompanied by a fully illustrated 400-page catalogue co-published by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and DelMonico Books/Prestel.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Website