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September 26, 2012 | By David Ng
Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley, who died earlier this year, is being remembered with a number of tributes from art institutions around the country. The artist, 57, was found dead in South Pasadena in late January in an apparent suicide. A major retrospective of Kelley's work is expected to come to the U.S. after first opening in Europe. "Mike Kelley: Themes and Variations from 35 Years," is scheduled to debut in Amsterdam at the Stedelijk Museum in December. The show is expected to travel to MoMA PS1 in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., according to the site GalleristNY, but dates haven't been announced.  The recently opened Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Hollywood said this week that it will pay tribute to Kelley by hosting an installation of the artist's "Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites" - a large-scale work that consists of colorful stuffed animals orbiting a spherical mass.
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April 9, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Opening Ceremony has partnered with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts to put some of the late artist's work on a capsule collection of T-shirts and tote bags, the retailer announced Tuesday. The retail rollout coincides with the Mike Kelley retrospective that opened at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art on March 31 (and runs through July 28) and includes six images taken from Kelley's drawings and photographs printed on short-sleeve and long-sleeve T-shirts (available now)
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February 23, 2012
ART The Museum of Contemporary Art will present "A Tribute to Mike Kelley," an exhibition dedicated to the work and legacy of the contemporary artist who died earlier this month. The show, on display through April 2, will include 23 of Kelley's works, plus others by John Altoon, Cody Choi, Douglas Huebler, William Leavitt, Marnie Weber and Johanna Went, donated to MOCA by Kelley. MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. $10. Moca.org.
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March 31, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Last fall, when the big traveling retrospective of Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley (1954-2012) opened at MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art's outpost in Long Island City, N.Y., the show looked smashing. Largely that was due to the intrinsic quality of Kelley's diverse work in a staggeringly wide range of media - sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, video, performance, mosaic - plus various mash-ups of just about all of them. Partly, though, it was serendipity. PHOTOS: 'Mike Kelley' exhibit A primary subject of Kelley's art is the way familiar social institutions of daily life - especially school and church, but also including art museums and other representatives of authoritative points of view - inevitably conspire to constrain, pressure and sometimes even warp the very adherents they seek to console and liberate.
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March 21, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
By 1991, Mike Kelley had emerged as a crucial artist in Los Angeles, at the head of a pack that had pushed into prominence in the previous decade. His riveting sculptures reassembled from ratty stuffed animals, crocheted dolls and other tattered children's playthings that he scavenged from thrift shops were also generating considerable critical attention far beyond the city. Then 36, Kelley was invited to participate in the Carnegie International exhibition in Pittsburgh, one of the oldest and most respected surveys of its kind.
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March 31, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Last fall, when the big traveling retrospective of Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley (1954-2012) opened at MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art's outpost in Long Island City, N.Y., the show looked smashing. Largely that was due to the intrinsic quality of Kelley's diverse work in a staggeringly wide range of media - sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, video, performance, mosaic - plus various mash-ups of just about all of them. Partly, though, it was serendipity. PHOTOS: 'Mike Kelley' exhibit A primary subject of Kelley's art is the way familiar social institutions of daily life - especially school and church, but also including art museums and other representatives of authoritative points of view - inevitably conspire to constrain, pressure and sometimes even warp the very adherents they seek to console and liberate.
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February 2, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Mike Kelley, an influential Los Angeles artist whose physically messy and psychologically complex projects laid the groundwork for present-day installation art, has died. He was 57. He was found dead Tuesday evening at his home in South Pasadena in what several friends described as a suicide following a serious depression. "We can't confirm a suicide pending an autopsy or coroner's report," said one of the estate's trustees, art historian John Welchman. Paul Schimmel, the chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, called Kelley a "great advocate for artists as well as a great artist," noting his role teaching at the Art Center College of Design.
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November 8, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
In "Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites" (1991-99), an exceptional installation sculpture made from untidy clusters of plush toys suspended from the ceiling and sleekly lacquered reliefs attached to surrounding walls, the only element that stands on the floor is the viewer. Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley (1954-2012) had a way with upending expectations, and manipulating audiences into his artistic projects was a common gambit. The sculpture, shown in earlier and slightly different iterations in several European venues, is having its West Coast debut at Perry Rubenstein Gallery.
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November 15, 2012 | By David Ng
This post has been updated. When artist Mike Kelley died this year he left behind a number of unfinished projects. One of the biggest was "Mobile Homestead," a planned large-scale replica of the artist's home in suburban Detroit. Now it appears that the project will come to life posthumously thanks to a grant awarded to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. The museum has announced that it has received a $150,000 grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation for the completion of "Mobile Homestead.
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May 17, 2012 | By David Ng
An art project by the late Mike Kelley will be completed later this year and is expected to open in 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit announced this week. Kelley, who died unexpectedly in January in the Los Angeles area at the age of 57, had been working on the project for a number of years with the intention of unveiling it in Detroit, his hometown. "Mobile Homestead" will be a full-size replica of the artist's childhood home from the suburban town of Westland, Mich.
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March 30, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Diana Ross, in a ruffled crimson dress layered with sparkles, strutted across the stage Saturday night at the Museum of Contemporary Art's gala, belting out the lyrics to a classic tune that had particular resonance: “Did you think I'd crumble, did you think I'd lay down and die?” she crooned. “Oh no, not I. I will survive …” The crowd, thick with tuxedos and floor-length gowns, bobbed and cheered, iPhones swaying in the air to capture the soul-pop diva. It was only a year ago, after all, that MOCA was burdened by financial instability so severe that the museum nearly was forced to merge with another institution and lose its independence.
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March 21, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
By 1991, Mike Kelley had emerged as a crucial artist in Los Angeles, at the head of a pack that had pushed into prominence in the previous decade. His riveting sculptures reassembled from ratty stuffed animals, crocheted dolls and other tattered children's playthings that he scavenged from thrift shops were also generating considerable critical attention far beyond the city. Then 36, Kelley was invited to participate in the Carnegie International exhibition in Pittsburgh, one of the oldest and most respected surveys of its kind.
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March 14, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
MARCH 28-AUG. 25 'In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas' Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum is well-known for having the most impressive collection of European Old Master and early Modern paintings in Los Angeles. Less familiar is the museum's exceptional Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan art. This show will chronicle the movement of Buddhism from India to the Himalayas more than a thousand years ago, bringing numerous important loans together with superlative examples of painting, sculpture, ritual and decorative arts from the Simon's own collection.
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December 27, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Anne Ellegood | Curator Hammer Museum Senior Curator Anne Ellegood will likely see some attention this spring with the debut of her long-mulled, provocative show "Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology. " The 35-artist historical show - co-organized by Ellegood's friend, New York-based art historian Johanna Burton - is an institutional critique of museums themselves as it examines American artists who the curators felt have changed the way we, as a culture, think about art. Among those included in the exhibition, focusing on work largely from the '80s and '90s, are Barbara Kruger, Mike Kelley, Jimmie Durham, Adrian Piper and David Wojnarowicz.
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August 28, 2013 | By David Ng and Kelly Scott
This story has been updated. See details below. Ann Goldstein, a former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, resigned as director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Wednesday, intensifying speculation that she could be MOCA's next director. Since the departure in July of Jeffrey Deitch, Goldstein's name has been among those mentioned as a possible successor, given her history with the museum and her experience running a major art institution. A Los Angeles native, Goldstein began her museum career at MOCA, rising to senior curator over the course of 20 years.
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August 28, 2013 | By Kelly Scott
In an interesting twist for those watching the empty chair in the director's office at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam director Ann Goldstein has resigned from that position. Goldstein has been identified as a possible successor to departing MOCA director Jeffery Deitch. Goldstein, who was senior curator at MOCA before she left to direct the Stedelijk, will leave the Amsterdam museum's top job Dec. 1. She has been director since January 2010. Goldstein led the Stedelijk through the final years of a massive renovation -- altogether it had been closed for nine years.
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March 11, 2012 | By Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times
In 1992, the acerbic polymath Mike Kelley took a teaching position at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. With his midcareer retrospective, "Catholic Tastes," set to show at the Whitney the next year, Kelley was a freshly minted art star, embarking on a decade that would see him accomplish some of his most high-profile work, including collaborations with Paul McCarthy, his brethren in the grotesque, and the Educational Complex (1995), a haunting fusion of every school he attended, as well as his childhood home, chillingly rendered as an architectural model.
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December 25, 2012 | By Tom Christie
AMSTERDAM - You could almost hear Mike Kelley laughing. As journalists entered the Stedelijk Museum's new so-called bathtub building to hear director Ann Goldstein introduce a retrospective of Kelley's work, they were greeted by the mellifluous tones of the late Andy Williams from invisible speakers: " It's the most wonderful time of the year, with the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you 'Be of good cheer.' It's the most wonderful time of...
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May 30, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
"Failure" is, ironically, the most successful piece in littlewhitehead's mixed bag of a show at Marine Contemporary. The Glasgow-based team of Craig Little and Blake Whitehead gathered leftover scraps from what they deemed doomed artworks from the past six years and packed them into a dense, ragged ball, roughly 3 1/2 feet in diameter. The tumbleweed of junked ideas contains stuffed animals, a wig, creepy casts of hands and heads, notebook drawings, a toy car, an ink bottle, a towel, a crusty paintbrush and numerous items of clothing, from men's neckties to children's pajamas.
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May 30, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
While the Venice Biennale attracts the contemporary art crowd this week, curator Emi Fontana has helped turn Milan into a destination for Mike Kelley fans. The Milan-born, L.A.-based curator has just finished installing “Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time” in the massive kunsthalle HangarBicocca, one of the biggest shows organized since the artist's death in 2012. It features eight major installations, including two she had exhibited at her own gallery in Milan in 2000 before an eight-year romantic relationship with the artist.
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