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Mike Kelley

Opens Wednesdfay 13 November from 6–8pm 13 Nov 2019 – 11 Jan 2020


Over the course of his influential four-decade career, Mike Kelley generated a remarkably diverse oeuvre in an array of media, conflating high and low culture, critiquing prevailing aesthetic conventions, and colliding the sacred with the profane. This exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, is the first in New York to focus on Kelley’s singular approach to painting as a conceptual medium. Featuring paintings from series that span a 15 year period, 1994 through 2009, the exhibition traces Kelley’s engagement with the medium through bodies of work including The Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter), a series of oval-shaped paintings on wood; Timeless Painting, which signified Kelley’s distinct return to painting in color; as well as works made under the umbrella of his expansive and ambitious Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstructions series related to the artwork, ‘Educational Complex.’ Kelley’s seminal mixed media installation ‘Profondeurs Vertes,’ his ode to the influential paintings in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts that captivated him as a young person, will also be featured, marking its US debut.

The exhibition is accompanied by the release of a catalogue produced by Hauser & Wirth Publishers in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. The publication will include images of the complete series of works from which the exhibition draws, texts by visual artists responding to Kelley’s work, and an introduction by exhibition guest curator, Jenelle Porter. Contributors include: Edgar Arceneaux, Carroll Dunham, Daniel Guzman, Richard Hawkins, Jay Heikes, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Mary Reid Kelley, and Christina Quarles.

About the Artist

Mike Kelley Portrait

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...

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