Found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in Pasadena, California in January 2012, the American artist Mike Kelley (born in 1954 in Detroit) left behind him a prolific and disturbing body of work, which draws on both learned and popular culture.
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.
Seen frist at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and then the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the exhibition is built around the highlights of the artist's production. Large installations are contrasted with collections of more intimate works, particularly on paper, from European and American collections. From the first performances by the artist at CalArts, the famous art school in Los Angeles, to his surprisingly rich graphic work and spectacular installation sculptures, for which he uses a huge variety of techniques (video, photographs, motley objects, etc.), Mike Kelley's intellectual, yet also slightly irreverent, work unfolds in a gripping visual and auditory journey.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) Website