Mike Kelley

Kandors, 1999 – 2011

21 October 2017 - 21 January 2018

Los Angeles

Organized in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, ‘Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999 – 2011’ will be the first comprehensive survey of the Kandors series. These visually opulent, technically ambitious sculptures, along with videos and large-scale installations, rework the imagery and mythology of the popular American comic book superhero Superman in a meditation on loss, power, and memory. Beginning 21 October, the exhibition will present the Kandors works for the first time in the late artist’s home city of Los Angeles, including the installation ‘Kandor-Con 2000’; the sprawling ‘Kandors Full Set’ (2005 – 2009), which features an array of illuminated cities and hand-blown bottles; and the series’ monumental ‘Kandor 10B (Exploded Fortress of Solitude)’, Kelley’s take on Superman’s post-apocalyptic sanctum sanctorum. This extensive survey also includes Kelley’s early Kandor Bottle Drawings, works from the Lenticular series, and complex sculptural installations that include video narratives.

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Mike Kelley

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...

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