HWLA Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999 - 2011

Mike Kelley

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Mike Kelley is widely considered one of the most influential artists of our time. Originally from a suburb outside of Detroit, Kelley attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, before moving to Southern California in 1976 to study at California Institute of the Arts from which he received an MFA in 1978.  The city of Los Angeles became his adopted home and the site of his prolific art practice. In much of his work, Kelley drew from a wide spectrum of high and low culture, and was known to scour flea markets for America’s cast-offs and leftovers. Mining the banal objects of everyday life, Kelley elevated these materials to question and dismantle Western conceptions of contemporary art and culture.

Starting out in the late 1970s, Kelley became known for performance and installation based works; he came to prominence in the 1980s with a series of sculptures composed of common craft materials and stuffed animals. His work later widened in scope and physical scale, exemplified by ‘Educational Complex’ (1995), the ‘Kandors’ series (1999 – 2011), ‘Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction’ series (2000 – 2011), and the posthumously completed public work ‘Mobile Homestead’ (2006 – 2013). These projects invoked a vast range of media and forms, illustrating the artist’s versatility and underscored a number of Kelley’s recurrent themes, such as repressed memory, sexuality, adolescence, class, and Americana, which were central to his artistic praxis. Throughout his career, Kelley also worked on curatorial projects, collaborated with many artists and musicians, and produced a formidable body of critical and creative writing.


Born Detroit MI, 1954


California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA, 1978
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, 1976

Died South Pasadena CA, 2012

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Mike Kelley Day Is Done’, Tokyo, Japan
Hauser & Wirth, ‘Mike Kelley. God’s Oasis’, Zurich, Switzerland
500 Capp Street Foundation/The David Ireland House, ‘Mike Kelley. Pushing and pulling, pulling and pushing’, San Francisco CA

2017 Luhring Augustine, ‘Mike Kelley: Singles’ Mixer’, New York NY
NEON/Museum of Cycladic Art, ‘Mike Kelley: Fortress of Solitude’, Athens, Greece
Hauser & Wirth, ‘Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999-2011’, Los Angeles CA
Broad Art Museum, ‘Michigan Stories’, East Lansing MI
Edward Ressle Gallery, ‘MIKE KELLEY: THE SECRET’, New York NY
Design Exchange, Nuit Blanche Toronto, ‘Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (A Domestic Scene)’, Toronto, Canada

2016 Hauser & Wirth, ‘Memory Ware’, New York NY
Hauser & Wirth, ‘Framed and Frame’, Hauser & Wirth London, London, England
VENUS, ‘Mike Kelley: Kandors’, New York NY
Neon Parc, ‘Mike Kelley’, Brunswick AU
Skarstedt, 'Mike Kelley. Shaped Paintings', New York NY

2015 Hauser & Wirth, 'Mike Kelley', New York NY

2014 The Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Mike Kelley’ (retrospective), Los Angeles CA (Travelling Exhibition)
Skarstedt Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley: Reconstructed History’, New York NY

2013 HangarBicocca, ‘Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time’, Milan, Italy
Centre Georges Pompidou, ‘Mike Kelley’ (retrospective), Paris, France
MoMA/PS1, ‘Mike Kelley’ (retrospective), New York NY
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, ‘Mobile Homestead and Goin' Home: Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead Videos and Documentation’, Detroit MI

2012 Stedelijk Museum, ‘Mike Kelley: Themes and Variations from 35 Years’, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Travelling Exhibition)
The Watermill Center, ‘Mike Kelley: 1954 – 2012’, New York NY
The Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘A Tribute to Mike Kelley’, Los Angeles CA

2011 Gagosian Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley: Exploded Fortress of Solitude’, London, England
Kunstmuseen Krefeld, ‘Mike Kelley: Kandors’, Krefeld, Germany
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley: Kandor 10/ Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #34, Kandor 12/ Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #35’, Beverly Hills CA
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, ‘Mobile Homestead’, Detroit MI
Schinkel Pavillon, ‘Mike Kelley’, Berlin, Germany
West of Rome Public Art, The Farley Building, ‘Mike Kelley and Michael Smith – Los Angeles – A Voyage of Growth and Discovery’, Los Angeles CA
Skarstedt Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley: Arenas’, New York NY

2010 Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, ‘Mobile Homestead’, Detroit MI
Schinkel Pavillon, ‘Mike Kelley’, Berlin, Germany
West of Rome Public Art, The Farley Building, ‘Mike Kelley and Michael Smith – Los Angeles – A Voyage of Growth and Discovery’, Los Angeles CA
Skarstedt Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley: Arenas’, New York NY

2009 PERFORMA 09, Judson Memorial Church, ‘Mike Kelley: Day Is Done Judson Church Dance’, New York NY
Wako Works of Art, ‘Mike Kelley: Photographs / Sculptures’, Tokyo, Japan
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley: Horizontal Tracking Shots’, New York NY

2008 WIELS Centre d’Art Contemporain, ‘Mike Kelley: Educational Complex Onwards: 1995-2008’, (cur. Anne Pontégnie), Brussels, Belgium
1018 Art, ‘Mike Kelley’, New York NY

2007 Jablonka Galerie, ‘Mike Kelley: Kandors’, Berlin, Germany
Halle 037, ‘Kandor-Con 2000’, Berlin, Germany
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley: Hermaphrodite Drawings’, London, England
Skarstedt Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley: Memory Ware Flats’, New York NY

2006 Musée du Louvre, ‘Mike Kelley: Profondeurs Vertes’, Paris, France
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, ‘Mike Kelley: Liquid Diet and Related Works’, Paris, France
Skarstedt Fine Art, ‘Mike Kelley: Vaseline muses’, New York NY

2005 Gagosian Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley: Day Is Done’, New York NY
Me • di • um, ‘Mike Kelley’, St. Barthélemy

2004 Tate Liverpool, ‘Mike Kelley: The Uncanny’, Liverpool, England
Museum Moderner Kunst, ‘Mike Kelley: The Uncanny’, Vienna, Austria
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, ‘Mike Kelley’, Paris, France

2003 Galleria Emi Fontana, ‘Mike Kelley: Memory Ware, Wood Grain, Carpet’, Milan, Italy
Institut d’art contemporain, Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, ‘Sod and Sodie Sock (w/Paul McCarthy)’, Lyon, France

2002 Patrick Painter Inc., ‘Black Out’, Santa Monica CA
Metro Pictures, ‘Reversals, Recyclings, Completions, and Late Additions’, New York NY
Galerie Daniel Templon, ‘Mike Kelley: The Poetry of Form: Part of an Ongoing Attempt to Develop an Auteur Theory of Naming’, Paris, France
Skarstedt Fine Art, ‘Mike Kelley– Selected Works 1982-1990’, New York NY
Art & Public, ‘Test Room Containing Multiple Stimuli Known to Elicit Curiosity and Manipulatory
Responses’, Geneva, Switzerland

2001 Jablonka Galerie, ‘Memory Ware’, Cologne, Germany
Sperone Jr., ‘Aerodynamic Vertical to Horizontal Shift’, Rome, Italy

2000 Museum für Gegenwartskunst, ‘Mike Kelley: Sublevel, Framed and Frame, Test Room’, Zurich, Switzerland (Travelling Exhibition)
Belkin Art Gallery, ‘Consolation Prize: Mike Kelley and John Miller’, Vancouver, Canada
Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy: Collaborative Works’ Toronto, Canada
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, ‘Unisex Love Nest’, Cologne, Germany
Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy
Van Abbemuseum, ‘Categorical Imperative and Morgue’, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, ‘Memory Ware’, Paris, France
Christie’s, ‘Mike Kelley: Paintings and Drawings from the Rowan Collection’, New York NY

1999 MAGASIN: Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, ‘Mike Kelley: Framed and Framed, Test Room, Sublevel’, Grenoble, France
Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica CA
Patrick Painter Inc., ‘Mike Kelley and Ed Ruscha, Photographs’, Santa Monica CA
Steirischer Herbst 99, Palais Attems, ‘Unisex Love Nest’, Graz, Austria
Hotel Empain, ‘>Mike Kelley Kunstverein, ‘Mike Kelley: Two Projects’, Braunschweig, Germany
Metro Pictures, New York NY

1998 Jablonka Galerie, ‘Sublevel: Dim Recollection Illuminated by Multicolored Swamp Gas’, Cologne, Germany
Vienna Secession, ‘Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy’, Vienna, Austria
Centrum Beeldende Kunst/Villa Alkmaer, ‘Strange Frut: Detroit Culture’, Rotterdam, Netherlands

1997 Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, ‘Mike Kelley’, Barcelona, Spain (Travelling Exhibition)
Rooseum,‘Mike Kelley’, Malmo, Sweden
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, ‘Mike Kelley’, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Wako Works of Art, ‘Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile’, Tokyo, Japan
Documenta 10, ‘The Poetics Project: 1977-1997, (Collaboration with Tony Oursler)’, Kassel, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)

1996 Wako Works of Art, ‘Land O' Lakes’, Tokyo, Japan

1995 Metro Pictures, ‘Towards a Utopian Arts Complex’, New York NY
Haus der Kunst, ‘Mike Kelley: Catholic Tastes’, Munich, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
Kestner-Gesellschaft, ‘Missing Time: Works on Paper 1974-1976’, Hannover, Germany
Jablonka Galerie, ‘The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter)’, Cologne, Germany
Hamburg Kunstverein, ‘Paul McCarthy/Mike Kelley’, Hamburg, Germany
Susanne Hilberry Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley: Recent Work’, Birmingham MI
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, ‘Mike Kelley’, Paris, France
Galerie Andreas Binder, ‘Flags and Video Heidi’, Munich, Germany

1994 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley’, Los Angeles CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ‘Mike Kelley: Catholic Tastes’, Los Angeles CA (Travelling Exhibition)
Metro Pictures, ‘New Photographs’, New York NY

1993 Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Mike Kelley: Catholic Tastes’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Centre d'Art Contemporain, ‘Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler: White Trash Et Phobic (Installation-Video)’, Geneva, Switzerland

1992 Kunsthalle, ‘Mike Kelley’, Basel, Switzerland (Travelling Exhibition)
Institute of Contemporary Art, ‘Mike Kelley’, London, England (Travelling Exhibition)
CAPC Musee d’Art Contemporain, ‘Mike Kelley’, Bordeaux, France (Travelling Exhibition)
Portikus, ‘Alma Pater (Wolverine Den)’, Frankfurt, Germany
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley and John Boskovich’, Los Angeles CA
Metro Pictures, New York NY
The Fabric Workshop, ‘The Riddle of the Sphinx and Pansy Metal/Clovered Hoof’, Philadelphia PA

1991 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, ‘Mike Kelley: Half a Man’, Washington DC
Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Peter Pakesch, ‘Lumpenprole’, Vienna, Austria
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, ‘Lumpenprole’, Ghent, Belgium

1990 Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, ‘Mike Kelley’, Paris, France
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Metro Pictures, New York NY

1988 The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, ‘Three Projects: Half a Man, From My Institution to Yours’, Pay for Your Pleasure, Chicago IL
Jablonka Galerie, ‘Mike Kelley’, Cologne, Germany
Metro Pictures, ‘Half a Man’, New York NY

1987 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, ‘Half a Man’, Los Angeles CA
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, ‘Vintage Works: 1979-1986 (two-artist exhibition with Chris Burden)’, Los Angeles CA

1986 Metro Pictures, New York NY

1985 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, ‘Plato’s Cave, Rothko’s Chapel, Lincoln’s Profile’, Los Angeles CA
Metro Pictures, ‘Plato’s Cave, Rothko’s Chapel, Lincoln’s Profiles’, New York NY

1983 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, 'Monkey Island', Los Angeles CA
Hallwalls, ‘The Sublime’, New York NY

1982 Metro Pictures, ‘Monkey Island and Confusion’, New York NY

1981 Riko Mizuno Gallery, ‘Meditation on a Can of Vernors’, Los Angeles CA
White Columns, ‘Meditation on a Can of Vernors’, New York NY

1979 Foundation for Art Resources, ‘The Poltergeist: A Work Between David Askevold and Mike Kelley’, Los Angeles CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Eva Presenhuber, ‘Samaritans,’ New York NY
San Antonio Museum of Art ‘Men of Steel, Women of Wonder’, San Antonio TX (Travelling Exhibition)
Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, Andover MA (Travelling Exhibition)
Tripostal, ‘Eldorama’, Lille 3000, Lille, France
Hammer Museum, ‘Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection’, Los Angeles CA
Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art ‘How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s’, London, United Kingdom
Deichtorhallen, ‘Fuzzy Dark Spot - Video Art in Hamburg’ Hamburg, Germany La Cinematheque Francaise, ‘Vampires’, Paris,
Elaine Jacob Gallery, Wayne State
University, ‘Mike Kelley and David Ireland: Acts and Sites’, Detroit MI
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, ‘Men of Steel, Women of Wonder: Modern American Heroes in Contemporary Times’, Bentonville AR

2018 The Getty Villa, ‘Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists’ Visions’, Los Angles CA
Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, ‘This Brush’s For Hire: Norm Laich and Many, Other Artists’, Los Angeles CA
San Jose Museum of Art, ‘The House Imaginary’, San Jose CA
The Met Breuer, ‘Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy’, New York NY
Nottingham Contemporary Art, ‘The House of Fame’, Nottingham, England
MAMCO - Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, ‘Art & Entertainment’, Geneva, Switzerland
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Pacific Design Center, ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse’, Los Angeles CA
The Met Breuer, ‘Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy’, New York NY

2017 Bartolami, ‘Social Surfaces: A Fundraising Exhibition to Support Artists Space's Relocation to 80 White Street in 2018’, New York NY
The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 'MEDUSA: Jewellery and Taboos', Paris, France
Hammer Museum, ‘Living Apart Together: Recent Acquisitions from the Hammer Contemporary Collection', Los Angeles CA
Edward Ressle Gallery, 'PROVOCATEUR: From Picabia to Prince', New York NY
The Jewish Museum, ‘The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin’, New York NY
Simon Lee Gallery, ‘Screen Memory’, London, England
Regen Projects, ‘What I Loved; Selected works from the 90’s’, Los Angeles CA
Deitch Projects, ‘Heidi, Midlife Crisis Trauma Center and Negative Media-Engram Abreaction Release Zone 1992’, New York NY
DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art Montreal, ‘The Ontology of the Gift’, Montreal, Canada
Edward Ressle Gallery, ‘ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE’, New York NY
Luhring Augustine, ‘White Trash’, New York NY
W. Hawkins Ferry House, ‘Unobstructed Views’, Grosse Pointe Shores MI
Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA
Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, ‘Process and Reality Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection Celebrating 25 Years of Acquisitions’, Malibu CA
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, ‘Michigan Stories: Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw’, East Lansing MI
Acquavella Galleries, ‘Three Dimensions: Modern and Contemporary Approaches to Relief and Sculpture’, New York NY
Le Tripostal, ‘PERFORMANCE!’, Lille, France
SI Offsite, ‘On Half a Tank of Gas’, New Glarus WI
Frye Art Museum, ‘Mike Kelley Day Is Done’, Seattle WA

2016 Charles Riva Collection, 'The Power and the Glory', Brussels, Belgium
Musée Rath, ‘Nightfall’, Geneva, Switzerland
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ‘The Campaign for Art: Drawings, Part II’, San Francisco CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ‘The Campaign for Art: California and the West’, San Francisco CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ‘The Campaign for Art: Contemporary’, San Francisco CA
Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, ‘Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups’, Pittsburgh PA
Contemporary Jewish Museum, 'from Generation to Generation', San Francisco CA
Hammer Museum, 'Sculpture from the Hammer Contemporary Collection', Los Angeles CA
Skarstedt, 'Condo, Gonzalez-Torres, Kelley, Prince, Salle, Sherman, Trockel, Wool', New York NY
MOCAD – Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, ‘Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead: Little Library Originals’, Detroit MI
Hauser & Wirth Schimmel, ‘Hauser Wirth & Schimmel’, Los Angeles CA
g39, ‘Public Service’, Cardiff, England
CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, ‘[sic] works from the CAPC Collection’, Bordeaux, France
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, ‘Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne’, New York NY
The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, ‘Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne’, Portland OR
Charles Riva Collection, ‘The Power and the Glory’, Brussels, Belgium
Art Basel, Miami Beach, ‘Art Basel, Miami Beach’, Miami Beach FL

2015 Presentation House Gallery, 'My House: Mike Kelley and Ryan Trecartin', Vancouver, Canada
Contemporary Art Centre, 'Flying over the Abyss', Thessaloniki, Greece
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 'Avatar and Atavism – Outside the Avantgarde', Dusseldorf, Germany
Haus der Kunst, ‘Random Sampling – Painting from the Goetz Collection’, Munich, Germany
Luma Westbau, Pool, 'A Blind Man in His Garden', Zurich, Switzerland
Whitney Museum of American Art, 'America Is Hard to See', New York NY
Centre d’art de la Cité Radieuse, MAMO – Marseille Modulor, ‘COOL / As a State of Mind’, Marseilles, France
Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, ‘What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art from 1960 to the Present’, Providence RI
Inigo Philbrick, ‘Spray, Memory’, London, England
The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, ‘Pretty Raw: After and Around Helen Frankenthaler’, Waltham MA
Matthew Marks Gallery, ‘What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art from 1960 to the Present’, New York NY
La Casa Encendida, ‘ARS’tronomy’, Madrid, Spain
Onomatopee@Designhuis, ‘Can You Hear Me?’, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, ‘Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne’, Durham NC
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, ‘Black and White Mike’, Los Angeles CA
Paris Opera, ’20 Dancers for the XXth Century’, Paris, France
Williams College Museum of Art, ‘Your smarter than me. i don’t care’, Williamstown MA
Presentation House Gallery, ‘My House: Mike Kelley and Ryan Trecartin’, Vancouver, Canada
Lune Rouge, ‘The Storyteller’, Ibiza, Spain
Susanne Hilberry Gallery, ‘Thirty Nine Years: Anniversary Exhibition Honoring the Memory of Susanne Feld Hilberry’, Ferndale MI
Tate Modern, ’20 Dancers for the XXth Century’, London, England
Ohio State University Urban Arts Space, ‘Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne’, Columbus OH
Messe Basel, ‘Art Basel’, Basel, Switzerland

2014 Patrick Painter Inc., 'Titans of the Stratosphere', Santa Monica CA
Hammer Museum, ‘Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology’, Los Angeles CA
Wexner Center for the Arts, ‘Comic Future’, Columbus OH
Museum Brandhorst, ‘Dark Pop’, Munich, Germany
Marianne Boesky Gallery and Marlborough, ‘Another Look at Detroit (Part I and II)’, New York NY
Patrick Painter Inc., ‘Bas Jan Ader, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Mike Kelley’, Santa Monica CA
David Zwirner, ‘No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984–1989’, New York NY

2013 Palais de Tokyo, ‘New Impressions of Raymond Roussel’, Paris, France
Patrick Painter Inc., ‘Destruction to Utopia’, Santa Monica CA
New Museum, ‘NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star’, New York NY

2012 Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Whitney Biennial 2012’, New York NY

2011 Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, ‘Museum der Wünsch/Museum of Desires: Jeff Wall, Louise Lawler, Mike Kelley, Isa Genzken, Franz West, Stephen Prina’, Vienna, Austria
Patrick Painter Inc., ‘Rear Window: Brought to you in high-def’, Santa Monica CA
Camden Arts Centre, ‘David Askevold: The Disorientation Scientist’, London, England
Luxembourg & Dayan, ‘Unpainted Paintings’, New York NY
Halle für aktuelle Kunst, ‘Zwei Sammler: Thomas Olbricht und Harald Falckenberg’, Hamburg, Germany
Guggenheim Museum, ‘The Luminous Interval’, Bilbao, Spain
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, ‘Power to the Imagination – Artists, Posters and Politics’, Hamburg, Germany
Walker Art Center, ‘The Spectacular Vernacular’, Minneapolis, MN (Travelling Exhibition)
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Made in Italy’, Rome, Italy
Institute of Modern Art, ‘Let the Healing Begin’, Brisbane, Australia
Museum Haus Lange, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, ‘Heinz and Marianne Ebers Foundation: A Collection with Stature’, Krefeld, Germany

2010 Patrick Painter Inc., ‘Medium: Photography’, Los Angeles CA
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Summer Shows’, New York NY
West of Rome Public Art presented at The Farley Building, ‘A Voyage of Growth and Discovery’, Los Angeles CA
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Crash: Homage to JG Ballard’, London, England
Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, ‘Martin Kippenberger + Mike Kelley’, Madrid, Spain
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Meet Me Inside’, Beverly Hills CA

2009 SculptureCenter, ‘A Voyage of Growth and Discovery’, New York NY
Palazzo Grassi, ‘Sequence 1: Paintings and Sculptures from the François Pinault Collection’, Venice, Italy
Kunsthaus Graz, ‘Rock – Paper – Scissors: Pop Music as Subject of Visual Art’, Graz, Austria
Galerie Chantal Crousel, ‘A Certain State of the World? Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia Bijoux de Famille’, Paris, France
Mary Boone Gallery, ‘Mike Kelley/Terence Koh/Jeff Koons’, New York NY
Skarstedt Gallery, ‘Richard Prince, Martin Kippenberger, Mike Kelley’, New York NY
Swiss Institute, ‘Regift’, New York NY

2008 Carnegie Museum of Art, ‘Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International’’, Pittsburgh PA
The Getty Center, ‘California Video’, Los Angeles CA
55th Carnegie International, ‘Life on Mars’, Pittsburgh PA
Gagosian Gallery, ‘for what you are about to receive’, Moscow, Russia
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Prefab’, New York NY
Matthew Marks Gallery and Greene Naftali Gallery, ‘Painting Now and Forever, Part II’, New York NY
ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Paul Thek in the Context of Today’s Contemporary Art’, Karlsruhe, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Centre, London, England
Fotomuseum Winterthur, ‘Jedermann Collection – Set 5 from the Fotomuseum Winterthur Collection’, Zurich, Switzerland
Complesso del Vittoriano, ‘Adotta un Disegno (Adopt a Drawing)’, Rome, Italy (Travelling Exhibition)
Wako Works of Art, ‘Wako Works of Art: 15 Years / Part IV’, Tokyo, Japan
Chicago Cultural Center, ‘Slightly Unbalanced’, Chicago IL (Travelling Exhibition)
MOMA- The Museum of Modern Art, ‘Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today’, New York NY
LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ‘BCAM - Broad Contemporary Art Museum’, Los Angeles CA
Centre National d’Art Contemporain, ‘Do Not Play with Dead Things’, Nice, France
Orange County Museum of Art, ‘Disorderly Conduct: Recent Art in Tumultuous Times’, Newport Beach CA
SESC – Serviç o Social do Comércio Avenida Paulista, ‘Colateral 2: Quando a arte olha o cinema’, São Paulo, Spain
Stedelijk Museum CS, ‘Eyes Wide Open’, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, ‘The Puppet Show’, Philadelphia PA (Travelling Exhibition)

2007 ‘Skulptur Projekte Münster 07’, (cur. Kasper König, Brigitte Franzen), Münster, Germany
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Fit to Print’, New York NY
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Pop Art Is…’, London, England
Gladstone Gallery, ‘Makers and Modelers’, New York NY
Galeri Dennis Kimmerich, ‘L.A. Desire’, (cur. Wilhelm Schürmann), Düsseldorf, Germany
BUIA Gallery, ‘Quotidian’, (cur. Thomas Duncan), New York NY
Mandarin, ‘Alone In the Jungle’, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Artists In & Out of Cologne’, Miami FL

2006 Fundacion BIACS, ‘BIACS 2’, Seville, Spain
Centre Georges Pompidou, ‘Los Angeles 1955-1985’, (cur. Catherine Grenier), Paris, France
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, ‘Into Me / Out of Me’, Long Island City NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Lehmann Maupin, ‘Partial Recall’, New York NY
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, ‘The Other Side’, New York NY
Galleria Civica di Modena, ‘EGO mania’, (cur. Milovan Farronato), Modena, Italy
Pace Wildenstein Gallery, ‘Constructing Realities’, New York NY

2005 The Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘The Blake Byrne Collection’, Los Angeles CA
Palais de Tokyo, ‘Translation’, Paris, France
ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, ‘Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht’, Karlsruhe, Germany
Galleri s.e, ‘With us against reality or against us!’, Bergen, Norway
Steven Wolf Fine Arts, ‘AB OVO’, (cur. Stephen Hull), San Francisco CA (Travelling Exhibition)
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, ‘Drunk vs. Stoned’, New York NY

2004 DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, ‘Monument To Now: The Dakis Joannou Collection’, Athens, Greece
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, ‘WOW (The Work of the Work)’, Seattle WA
Kunsverein Braunschweig, ‘Jahresgaben 04/05’, Hannover, Germany
5th International Site Santa Fe Bienniale, ‘Disparities & Deformations – Our Grotesque’, Santa Fe NM
Magazin 4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, ‘Planet B’, Bregenz, Austria
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, ‘Taschen Collection’, Madrid, Spain
Museo Cantonale di Lugano, ‘Les Enfants Terrible: Il linguaggio dell’infanzia nell’ Arte 1909-2004’, Lugano, Switzerland
ARC/ Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, ‘Off the Record: Sound Arc’, Paris, France
Independent Curators International, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, ‘Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists’, (cur. Matthew Higgs, Kevin Killian, David Robbins), San Francisco CA
Haunch of Venison, ‘Animals’, London, England
Independent Curators International, ‘100 Artists See God’, (cur. John Baldessari, Meg Cranston), New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
California State University Fullerton and Grand Central Art Center, ‘100 Artists See Satan’, Fullerton CA
Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, ‘Paradiso e Inferno’, Venice, Italy

2003 Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, CCA - California College of Arts and Crafts, ‘Capp Street Project: 20th Anniversary Exhibition’, San Francisco CA
2nd Valencia Biennial, ‘Micro Utopías, Art and Architecture’, Valencia, Spain
Biennale D’Art Contemporain de Lyon, ‘C’est Arrivé Demain’, Lyon, France
ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, ‘Fast Forward, Media Art Sammlung Goetz’, Karlsruhe, Germany
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Sitings: Installation Art 1969-2002’, Los Angeles CA
San Jose Museum of Art, ‘The Not-So-Still-Life. A Century of California Painting and Sculpture’, San Jose CA
Bowdoin College Museum, ‘The Disembodied Spirit’, Brunswick MN
Centre National de l’Estampe et de l’art Imprimé, ‘Numéro O – Magaines: du messafe au medium’, Chatou, France
École Supérieure des Beauz-arts de Tours, ‘Stars. Une Exposition – Promenade Parodic’, Tours, France
MART- Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, ‘Il racconto del filo. Ricamo e cucito nell'arte contemporanea’, Trento, Italy
MAN – Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, ‘Catastrofi minime’ (cur. Fernando Castro, Saretto Cincinelli, Cristiana Collu), Nuoro, Italy
Athens School of Fine Arts, ‘Outlook: International Art Exhibition Athens’, Athens, Greece
California Historical Society and the Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, ‘At Work: The Art of California Labor’, San Francisco CA
Centre National de l’Estampe et de l’Art Imprimé, ‘Numéro Zéro’, Chatou, France
Institute of Contemporary Arts, ‘Video Acts: Single Channel Works from the Collections of Pamela and Richard Kramlich and New Art Trust’, London, England
Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castello, ‘Micropolitics: Art and Everyday Life (2001-1968)’, Valencia, Spain
Fundació Joan Miró, ‘False Innocence’, Barcelona, Spain
Musee d’ Art Moderne et d’ Art Contemporain de Strasbourg, ‘Trésors Publics (w/ Paul McCarthy)’, Strasbourg, Germany
Soo Visual Arts Center, ‘Do It’, Minneapolis MN
Neue Galerie Graz and Stadtmuseum Graz, ‘Phantom of Desire: Visions of Masochism in Art’, Graz, Austria
Margo Leavin Gallery, ‘Raid The Icebox—From the Backroom: Artists Select’, Los Angeles CA
Gesellschaft der Freunde der Neuen Galerie, ‘MARS – Art and War’, Graz, Austria

2002 Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘2002 Biennial Exhibition’, New York NY
Centre Georges Pompidou, ‘Sonic Process’, Paris, France
Henry Moore Institute, ‘The Object Sculpture’, Leeds, England
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, ‘Video Acts’, Long Island City NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, ‘Almost Warm & Fuzzy: Childhood and Contemporary Art’, Cleveland OH
Historical Museum of Murten, ‘Garden of Violence’, Murten, Switzerland
Wall Street Rising, ‘Art Downtown’, New York NY
MET - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘Permanent Collection Exhibition’, New York NY
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, ‘Shoot the Singer: Music on Video’, Philadelphia PA
Galerie Krinzinger, ‘Hommage an Rudolf Schwarzkogler, 30 Jahre Galerie Krinzinger’, Vienna, Austria
Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, ‘Five by Five: Contemporary Artists on Contemporary Art’, New York NY
Wako Works of Art, ‘Self-portraits and portraits’, Tokyo, Japan
Patrick Seguin Gallery, ‘Last Spring in Paris’, Paris, France
Academy of Fine Arts, ‘Conversations?—Recent acquisitions of the Van Abbemuseum’, Athens, Greece
Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Material World: From Lichtenstein to Viola, 25 Years of The Fabric Workshop and Museum’, Sydney, Australia
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, ‘Mutiples Objets de Désir: Acquisitions 2001 du fonds national d’art Contemporain’, Nantes, France
Geselleschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, ‘Music in Me’, Bremen, Germany
Bergan Kunsthall, ‘Laid Bare’, Bergen, Norway

2001 The Detroit Institute of Arts, ‘Artists Take on Detroit’, Detroit MI
‘Bienal de Valencia’, Valencia, Spain
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, ‘Almost Warm & Fuzzy’, Long Island City NY (Travelling Exhibition)
MOMA - Museum of Modern Art, ‘Collaborations with Parkett: 1984 to Now’, New York NY
Galerie Rudolfinum, Centre of Contemporary Art, ‘American Art from the Goetz Collection’, Prague, Czech Republic
Yamagata Studio, ‘Los Angeles Artists for the Benefit of New York City’, Los Angeles CA
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘A Room of Their Own: From Rothko to Rauschenberg, From Arbus to Gober’, Los Angeles CA
Arcadia University Art Gallery, ‘Desire Admire Acquire’, Glenside PA
Stedelijk Museum, ‘Eye Infection’, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Patrick Painter, ‘Painter Editions: Recent Projects’, Santa Monica CA
Stazione Leopolda, ‘Uniform Order and Disorder’, Florence, Italy
Walker Art Center, ‘Painting at the Edge of the World’, Minneapolis MN
Marianne Boesky Gallery, ‘Camera Works: The Photographic Impulse in Contemporary Art’, New York NY
Centre Cultural de la Fundació “la Caixa,” ‘Retorn al País de les Meravelles: L’art contemporani I la infància’, Barcelona, Spain
Frankfurter Kunsterverein, ‘Neue Welt’, Frankfurt, Germany
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ‘The Global Guggenheim: Selections from the Extended Collection’, New York NY
Genralitat Valenciana, ‘Bienal de Valencia’, Valencia, Spain
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, ‘un art populaire’, Paris, France
Bergen Art Museum, ‘After the Beginning and Before the End: Instruction Drawings’, Bergen, Norway
Henry Moore Institute, ‘Homes for the Soul: Micro-Architecture in Medieval and Contemporary Art’, Leeds, England
Art Gallery of the Graduate Center, The City University of New York, ‘Play’s the Thing: Critical and Transgressive Practices in Contemporary Art’, New York NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Art>Music (rock, pop, techno )’, Sydney, Australia
MOMA - Museum of Modern Art, ‘Beautiful Productions, art to play, art to wear, art to own: Collaborations with Parkett, 1984 to now’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Chac Mool Gallery, ‘Trans>Editions’, Los Angeles CA

2000 Royal Academy of Arts, ‘Apocalypse: Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art’, London, England
Walker Art Center, ‘Let's Entertain’, Minneapolis MN (Travelling Exhibition)
Casino Luxembourg, ‘Many Colored Objects Placed Side by Side to Form a Row of Many Colored Objects’, Luxembourg, Belgium
MOMA - Museum of Modern Art, ‘Open Ends’, New York NY
CoCA - Center on Contemporary Art, ‘Destroy All Monsters: Postmodern Multimedia and Musical Mutations (Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw and Cary Loren)’, Seattle WA
Sammlung Goetz and Lenbachhaus, ‘Mike Kelley and Peter Fischli & David Weiss’, Munich, Germany
Tacoma Art Museum, ‘Almost Warm & Fuzzy’, Tacoma WA
Mar – Museum of Art of the City of Ravenna, ‘Arte Americana: Ultimo Decennio’, Ravenna, Italy
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, ‘Art in the 80’s’, New York NY
Wako Works of Art, ‘American Photographs’, Tokyo, Japan
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, ‘There is Something You Should Know: Die EVN Sammlung im Belvedere’, Vienna, Austria.
Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst, Haus der Kunst, ‘Food for the Mind: Die Sammlung Udo and Anette Brandhorst’, Munich, Germany
Printed Matter, Inc., ‘Sonic Matters. Sonic Collaborations’, New York NY
LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ‘Made in California’, Los Angeles CA

1999 Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘The American Century: Art and Culture 1950 – 2000’, New
York NY
Rooseum, ‘..on the sublime...’, Malmö, Sweden
Dunlop Art Gallery, ‘Fluffy’, Regina, Canada
Kunstmuseum Bonn, ‘Zeitwenden’, Bonn, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
Kunsthalle Nürnberg, ‘Vergiss den Ball und speil’weiter: Das Bild des Kindes in zeitgenossischer Kunst und Wissenschaft’, Nürnberg, Germany
Casino Luxembourg and Musee National D’Histoire et D’art, ‘Veronica’s Revenge: Photographies de la collection LAC-Suisse’, Luxembourg, Belgium
ATA Centre d’Art Contemporain and Galerie Ata-ray, ‘Art de Vivre: une exposition d’oeuvres de la collection du Frac Languedoc-Roussillon’, Sofia, Bulgaria
Skarstedt Fine Art, ‘Six Americans: Gober, Kelley, Koons, Prince, Sherman, Wool’, New York NY
David Adamson Gallery, ‘A.R.T. Press Portfolio’, Washington D.C.
Metro Pictures, ‘Drawn By’, New York NY
Independent Curator’s International, ‘Making It Real’, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)

1998 MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, ‘Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979’, Los Angeles CA (Travelling Exhibition)
Museum Boymans Van Beuningen, ‘Destroy All Monsters Archive’, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, ‘LA Times’, Guarene, Italy
CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, ‘Plaisir déplaisir’, Bordeaux, France
Deichtorhallen, ‘Emotion’, Hamburg, Germany
Metro Pictures, ‘The Poetics Project: 1977-1997 (collaboration with Tony Oursler)’, New York NY
Marianne Boesky Gallery with Friedrich Petzel Gallery, ‘Real Stories’, New York NY
Anderson Gallery, School of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, ‘Presumed Innocence’, Richmond VA (Travelling Exhibition)
Moderna Museet, ‘Wounds: Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art’, Stockholm, Sweden
Patrick Painter, Inc., ‘Figurative Sculpture’, Santa Monica CA
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, ‘10 Years: Portikus Frankfurt’, Long Island City NY
Galerie Krinzinger, ‘L.A. on Paper 1’, Vienna, Austria
Kunsthalle, ‘Crossings’, Vienna, Austria

1997 ‘Documenta X, The Poetics Project: 1977-1997’, Kassel, Germany
ICA - The Institute of Contemporary Art, ‘Gothic’, Boston MA
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, ‘Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960- 1997’, Humlebaek, Denmark (Travelling Exhibition)
Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘The Poetics Project: 1977-1997 (collaboration with Tony Oursler)’, Tokyo, Japan

1996 Galerie der Gegenwart, ‘Family Values: American Art in the Eighties and Nineties’, Hamburg, Germany
Athens School of Fine Arts, ‘Everything that's interesting is new: The Dakis Joannou Collection’, Athens, Greece.
Centre Georges Pompidou, ‘L'Informe: le Modernisme a Rebours’, Paris, France
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, ‘DISTEMPER: Dissonant Themes in the Art of the 1990s’, Washington, D.C.
Neue Geselleschaft für Bildende Kunst, ‘Shift’, Berlin, Germany.

1995 Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘1995 Biennial Exhibition’, New York NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘ARS 95 Helsinki’, Helsinki, Finland
Kunsthaus Zurich, ‘Zeichen & Wunder’, Zurich, Switzerland (Travelling Exhibition)
Centre Georges Pompidou, ‘Feminin-Masculin: Le Sexe de l'Art?’, Paris, France
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, ‘Passions Privees’, Paris, France

1994 Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Radical Scavenger(s): The Conceptual Vernacular in Recent American Art’, Chicago IL
Centre Georges Pompidou, ‘Hors Limites - L'Art et La Vie’, Paris, France
Deichtorhallen, ‘Temporary Translation(s): Sammlung Schurmann’, Hamburg, Germany
Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, ‘Zimmer in Denen die Zeit Nicht Zahlt’, Basel, Switzerland

1993 Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘993 Biennial Exhibition’, New York NY
Martin-Gropius-Bau, ‘American Art of this Century’, Berlin, Germany
Royal Academy of Art, ‘American Art of this Century’, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Abject Art: Repulsion and Desire in American Art’, New York NY
Gemeentemuseum, ‘The Uncanny, organized by Mike Kelley for Sonsbeek '93’, Arnhem, Netherlands

1992 ‘Documenta IX’, Kassel, Germany
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Helter Skelter L.A.: Art in the 1990s’, Los Angeles CA
Hayward Gallery, ‘Doubletake. Collective Memory and Current Art’, London, England
MOMA - Museum of Modern Art, ‘Allegories of Modernism- Contemporary Drawings’, New York NY
FAE Musée d'Art Contemporain, ‘Post Human’, Lausanne, Switzerland (Travelling Exhibition)
Galerie Nationale Du Jeu de Paume, ‘Désordres’, Paris, France

1991 Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘1991 Biennial Exhibition’, New York NY
Fundacion Caja de Pensiones, ‘Savage Garden’, Madrid, Spain
Martin-Gropius-Bau, ‘Metropolis’, Berlin, Germany
Carnegie Museum of Art, ‘Carnegie International’, Pittsburgh PA

1990 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, ‘Just Pathetic’, Los Angeles CA

1989 MOCA - The Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation’, Los Angeles CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘1989 Biennial Exhibition’, New York NY
Frankfurter Kunstverein, ‘Prospect 89’, Frankfurt, Germany

1988 ‘Aperto ’88: La Biennale di Venezia’, Venice, Italy
Museum of Fine Arts and Institute of Contemporary Art, ‘The BiNational: American Art of the Late 80's’, Boston MA (Travelling Exhibition)
Grazer Kunstverein and Stadtmuseum Graz, ‘Graz 88’, Graz, Austria

1987 LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ‘Avant-Garde in the Eighties’, Los Angeles CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘1987 Biennial Exhbition’, New York NY
MIT List Visual Arts Center, ‘LA: Hot and Cool: The Eighties’, Cambridge MA

1986 MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art, 1945-1986’, Los Angeles CA

1985 Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘1985 Biennial Exhibition’, New York NY

1984 The Gallery of New South Wales, ‘The Fifth Biennale of Sydney – Private Symbol: Social Metaphor’, Sydney, Australia

1983 MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘The First Show: Painting & Sculpture From Eight Collections 1940-1980’, Los Angeles CA

1980 Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, ‘By-Products: Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler, Mitchell Syrop’, Los Angeles CA

1979 Foundation for Art Resources, ‘The Poltergeist: A Work Between David Askevold and Mike Kelley’, Los Angeles CA


2019 Bar Laika presents: Bruce and Norman Yonemoto in collaboration with Mike Kelley, Kappa; presented by Adam Khalil Bar Laika, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Campus Theater, Bucknell University Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, PA
Amanda Horowitz presents Mike Kelley’s Day Is Done, Now Instant Image Hall Los Angeles, CA,

Awards & Grants

2006 Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Museum Ludwig, Germany

2003 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, New York NY

1998 The University of Michigan School of Art and Design Distinguished Alumni Award, Ann Arbor MI

1997 Skowhegan Medal in Mixed Media, New York MI

1990 National Endowment for the Arts Museum Program Exhibition Grant, Washington DC

1987 Awards in the Visual Arts Grant, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston NC

1986 Artists Space Interarts Grant

1985 National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grant, Washington DC

1984 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, New York NY



2013 Meyer-Hermann, Eva, Mark, Lisa Gabrielle (eds.), ‘Mike Kelley’, New York: Delmonico Books/Prestel, 2013

2010 Jablonka, Rafael, ‘Mike Kelley. Kandors.’, Cologne: Jablonka Gallery, 2010

2009 Francis, Mark, Rugoff, Ralph, ‘Mike Kelley. Horizontal Tracking Shots’, New York: Gagosian Gallery, 2009

2008 Lockemann, Karsten, Urbaschek, Stephan (eds.), ‘Mike Kelley’, Munich: Ingvald Goetz, 2008

2007 Kelley, Mike, Francis, Mark (eds.), ‘Mike Kelley. Day is Done’, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007
Gagosian Gallery (ed.), ‘Mike Kelley: Hermaphrodite Drawings (2005 – 2006)’, London: Gagosian Gallery, 2007

2005 Welchman, John C. (ed.), ‘Mike Kelley: Interviews, Conversations and Chit-Chat (1986 – 2004)’, Dijon: Les Presses du Réel, Zurich: JRP/Ringier, 2005

2004 Welchman, John C. (ed.), ‘Minor Histories’, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2004
Kelley, Mike, ‘The Uncanny by Mike Kelley, Artist’, Liverpool: Tate Liverpool, Vienna: Museum Moderner Kunst, 2004

1999 Aupetitallot, Yves, ‘Mike Kelley’, Grenoble: Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, 1999

1999 Welchman, John C., Graw, Isabelle, Vidler, Anthony, ‘Mike Kelley’, London, Phaidon Press, 1999
Grässlin, Karola, ‘Mike Kelley – Two Projects’, Braunschweig: Kunstverein Braunschweig, Cologne: König, 1999

1997 Stals, José Lebrero (ed.), ‘Mike Kelley 1985 – 1996’, Barcelona: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 1997

1993 Sussman, Elizabeth (ed.), 'Mike Kelley: Catholic Tastes', New York: Whitney Museum of American Art/Harry M. Abrams Inc., 1993

Artist Book's & Writings

2009 Kelley, Mike. ‘Mike Kelley. Photographs/Sculptures’, Tokyo: Wako Works of Art, 2009 (exh. cat)


2017 __, 'Three Dimensions. Modern & Contemporary Approaches to Relief and Sculpture', New York: Acquavella Galleries, 2017, pp. 34 – 35, ill. (exh. cat.)

2016 Baier, Simon, Bürgi, Bernhard M., Caraco, Oliver, [et. al.], 'Sculpture on the Move 1946 – 2016', Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2016, pp. 118 – 119, ill. (exh. cat.)

2015 Ammer, Manuela, Hochdörfer, Achim, Joselit, David (eds.), 'Painting 2.0 Expression in the Information Age. Gesture and Spectacle. Eccentric Figuration. Social Networks.', Munich: Prestel, 2015, p. 59, ill. (exh. cat.)
Loers, Veit, Jansen, Gregor (eds.), 'Avatar und Atavismus. Outside der Avantgarde', Heidelberg: Kehrer, 2015, n. p., ill. (exh. cat.)

2014 Julia Stoschek Collection, ‘High Performance. Time-Based Media Art Since 1996’, Berlin: Distanz, 2014

2012 Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Whitney Biennial 2002’, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2012

2011 Schimmel, Paul, Mark, Lisa Gabrielle (eds.), ‘Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974 – 1981’, Los Angeles: The Museum of Contemporart Art, 2011
Kelley, Mike, Nadel, Dan (eds.), ‘Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters 1973 – 1977’, New York: Picture Box Inc., 2011

2010 Bajc, Quentin (ed.), ‘Dreamlands’, Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2010

2008 Pontégnie, Anne (ed.), ‘Educational Complex Onwards 1992 – 2008’, Zurich: JRP Ringier, 2008

2003 Welchman, John C. (ed.), ‘Foul Perfection: Essays & Criticism’, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003


2017 Bui, Phong. ‘In Conversation: Allan McCollum with Phong Bui’, on:, 1 April 2017
Wright, Karen, ‘Venice Biennale: How Icelandic artist hands over pavilion to trolls’, on:, 18 April 2017
Juliano, Michael, ‘Embrace your anxieties about the world at the Broad’s “Oracle”’, on, 26 April 2017
Kufer, Katrina, ‘Institutions On The Rise’, on:, May 16 2017
Angeleti, Gabriella, ‘Object lessons: an anti-authoritarian triptych by Mike Kelley, a Western sculpture by Frederic Remington and an early work by Rosemarie Trockel’, on:, 17 May 2017
Cascone, Sarah, ‘Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Gives Out $319,000 in Grants’, on:, 24 March 2017
Miller, M.H., ‘Mike Kelley’s Underground Afterlife’, on:, 8 March 2017

2016 Yerebakan, O.C., ‘Mike Kelley: “Memory Ware” at Hauser & Wirth Through December 23rd, 2016’, on:, 23 December 2016
Pogrebin, Robin, ‘ Art; Man of Steel, Cities of Resin’ in: The New
York Times, 4 Dec 2016, p. AR6
Mason, Isabella, ‘Mike Kelley’s “Kandors” at Venus over Manhattan, New York’, on, 22 November 2016.
Lempesis, Dimitris, ‘Art Cities: N. York – Mike Kelley’, on, 03 November 2016.
Pini, Gary, ‘9 Must-See Art Shows Opening this Week’, on:, 03 November 2016
___, ‘Mike Kelley: Framed and Frame’, on:, 02 November 2016
Finkel, Jori, ‘Charity begins at home for the Mike Kelley Foundation’, in: The Art Newspaper (Number 284), London/UK, November 2016, pg 10.
Cox, Will, ‘Flying the Adolescent Flag’, on:, Melbourne, October 28, 2016.
___, ‘Mike Kelley Memory Ware’, on:, October 2016
Halperin, Moze, ‘Staff Picks’, on:, 26 October 2016
___, ‘Anatomy of an artwork: Mike Kelley’s Framed, 1999’, in: The Guardian Guide, London/UK, 15 October 2016.
Gat, Orit, ‘Critic’s Guide: London’, on:, London, 03 October 2016.
___, ‘Framed and Frame, Mike Kelley at Hauser & Wirth London’, on:, September 24, 2016.
Larouci, Samira, ‘Mike Kelley’s Chinatown Grotto Comes to London’, on:, London, 23 September 2016.
___, ‘Mike Kelley’s Chinatown crawl comes to London’ on:, 22 September 2016
___, ‘Mike Kelley: Day is Done”, in: Frieze, London/UK, September 2016
___, ‘Datebook: Mike Kelley’s Installation ‘Framed and Frame’ at Hauser & Wirth, London’ on:, September 2016
___, ‘Five of the best… art exhibitions’, on:, 16 September 2016.
___, 'Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Announces Recipients of Inaugural Grants', on:, New York, 6 April 2016, ill.
Vankin, Deborah, 'Mini gold in downtown L.A.? That and other arts projects win grants from Mike Kelley Foundation', in: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, 5 March 2016, ill.
___, 'Mike Kelley' [review], in: Artworld Magazine, Shanghai, November 2015, pp. 98 – 101, ill.
Lyon, Christine, 'My House explores a raw, manic ethos', on:, North Vancouver, 8 January 2016, ill.

2015 Pofalla, Boris, 'Erziehung ist ein Komplex: Mike Kelley macht Kunst daraus', in:
Monopol, Berlin, November 2015, ill.
Levin, Kim, 'Mike Kelley. Hauser Wirth, New York', on:,
New York, 30 October 2015, ill.
___,'New York', in: Elite Traveler, New York, September/October 2015, p. 64, ill.
Marshall, Piper, 'Mike Kelley', on:, New York, 28 September 2015, ill.
Thibaut, Wychowanok, 'The city of Superman view by artist Mike Kelley', on:, Paris, 23 September 2015, ill.
___, 'Mike Kelley, Hauser & Wirth, New York', on:, London, 19 September 2015, ill.
Steinhauer, Jilllian, 'Mike Kelley's Superman Complex', on:, New York, 14 September 2015, ill.
Herriman Kat, 'Hauser & Wirth`s new Mike Kelley exhibition requires a flash',
in: W Magazine, New York, 13 September 2015, ill.
___, 'Leonardo DiCaprio Cuts the Line at Mobbed Mike Kelley Show', on:, Berlin, 11 September 2015, ill.
Corona, Sarah, 'Tra la Cosmic Cavern e Plato's Cave, Mike Kelley da il suo imprinting all'autunno newyorkese. Grande mostra da Hauser & Wirth', on:, Rome, 11 September 2015, ill.
Lehrer, Adam, 'In the Hauser & Wirth exhibit "Mike Kelley", the late artist explores superman's home city Kandor', on:, New York, 11 September 2015, ill.
Miller, Michael, 'Whatever happened to the man of tomorrow? Mike Kelley's final superman-inspired works land in Chelsea', on:, New York, 11 September 2015, ill.
Johnson, Ken, 'Review: Mike Kelley Uncorks Superman's Kandor City in a Bottle', on:, 10 September 2015, ill.
Moss, Hilary, 'An Art-World Fortress of Solitude Comes to New York City', on:, New York, 8 September 2015
Ohly Evans, Christina, 'Mike Kelley at Hauser & Wirth', New York, on:, London, 2 September 2015, ill.
Burns, Charlotte, 'Mike Kelley's Superman-inspired sculptures coming to New York', on:, London, 28 August 2015, ill.

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