Mike Kelley

Born 1954
Hometown Detroit, MI
Education
MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, 1978
BFA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1976

Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI

Fundación “la Caixa”, Madrid, Spain

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Louisiana Museum, Humleback, Germany

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Mönchengladbach, Germany

Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Walker Art Center, Cincinnati

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Called one of the most significant artists of his generation, Stamps graduate Mike Kelley was an iconoclast who introduced a distinctive Detroit sensibility to the international art world with his references to everything from Soupy Sales to the Vernor’s gnome. He was a founding member of Destroy All Monsters, a collective formed in Ann Arbor in 1974 with artists Jim Shaw, Niagara and Cary Loren. A major retrospective of his work opened at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 2012, at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris in 2013 and will travel to MOMA PS1, NY and MOCA Los Angeles in 2014. Before his death in 2012, Kelley had begun work based on a life-sized replica of his childhood suburban Detroit home. The new ‘homestead’ has been relocated to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).


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