Ikon Ltd./Kay Richards Contemporary Art

Mike Kelley

(American, 1954–2012)

(master dik ‘yall) banner by mike kelley

Mike Kelley

(Master Dik ‘Yall) Banner, 1989

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far down underground an erie glow everyone had soft, hypocephalous heart by mike kelley

Mike Kelley

Far Down Underground an Erie Glow Everyone Had Soft, Hypocephalous Heart, 1981

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poetics country (with tony oursler) by mike kelley

Mike Kelley

Poetics Country (with Tony Oursler), 1997

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Born in Detroit, MI
BFA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Awarded Skowhegan Medal for Mixed Media
Died in Los Angeles, CA


Mike Kelley: Themes and Variations from 35 Years, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (solo)
Mike Kelley: Themes and Variations from 35 Years, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (solo)
Memory Ware Flats, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum, New York
Heinz and Marianne Ebers Foundation: A Collection with Stature, Museum Haus Lange, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Krefeld, Germany
Let the Healing Begin, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Mike Kelley: Exploded Fortress of Solitude, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Mike Kelley: Kandor 10/ Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #34 (solo)
Kandor 12/ Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #35, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
Made in Italy, Gagosian Gallery, Rome

Public Collections

Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
Walker Art Center, Cincinnatti, OH
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Baltimore Museum of Art
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Museum für Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL


Day is Done, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
Welchman, John C. (ed.) Mike Kelley: Minor Histories. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2004.
Welchman, John C. (ed.) Foul Perfection: Essays & Criticism. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2003
Diedrich Diederichsen, 'A Fanís Notes,' Artforum, January, pp. 33-4
Edward Leffingwell, 'Mike Kelley at Metro Pictures,' Art in America, April, pp. 134
'Mike Kelley Talks to Dennis Cooper,' interview with Dennis Cooper, Artforum, April, pp 224-5, 255
'Obscured Visions,' introduction by Robert Storr, (interview), Artforum, March, pp. 114-9
Christopher Knight, 'Dredging Up a Sense of Adolescent Place,' Los Angeles Times, May 17, pp. F26
'Mike Kelley' Memory Ware, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne
Parkett: Collaborations and Editions Since 1984, Parkett Publishers, New York, pp. 31