Mike Kelley


M.Kelley, Banana Man Costume

exhibition in MoMA PS1, New York, Until 02 February 2014
Regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, the late Mike Kelley produced a body of innovative work mining American popular culture as well as modernist and alternative traditions – which he set in relation to relentless self- and social examinations, both dark and delirious. Bringing together over 200 works, from early pieces made during the 1970s through 2012, the exhibition occupies the entire museum. Kelley worked in every conceivable medium – drawings on paper, sculpture, performance, music, video, photography, and painting. Speaking of his early work and artistic concerns, the artist once said: “Mass culture is scrutinised to discover what is hidden, repressed, within it.”