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Artist Mike Kelley found dead in Los Angeles home
AP Entertainment ^ | Feb 01, 2012 4:41 PM PST | DERRIK J. LANG

Posted on 02/07/2012 2:18:27 PM PST by BenLurkin

Mike Kelley, the daring and influential contemporary installation artist ... has died, police said Wednesday. He was 57.

Kelley's body was found at his home Tuesday night and it appeared he had committed suicide, South Pasadena Police Sgt.

"His work was widely collected and exhibited internationally," said Stephanie Barron, senior curator of modern art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "... Artists like that don't come around very often."

Kelley's work will be included in the upcoming 2012 Whitney biennial in New York.

"Mike was an irresistible force in contemporary art," Kelley's studio, Gagosian Gallery, said in a statement that the Los Angeles Times published on its website. "We cannot believe he is gone. But we know his legacy will continue to touch and challenge anyone who crosses its path. We will miss him. We will keep him with us."

Kelley's notable works included a life-size re-creation of his childhood home on wheels, tiny rendition of Superman's extraterrestrial birthplace encased in a glass jug and several spherical sculptures made of stuffed animals.

"His works often violated notions of so called good taste and blurred the boundaries between art, music and popular culture," said Barron.

He erected a life-sized Colonel Sanders statue alongside a miniature Sigmund Freud at the Gagosian in Los Angeles in 2011 and was influenced by old yearbooks for a sprawling 2005 exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in New York that featured a 15-foot-long missile called the "gospel rocket."

Kelley was a student of conceptual artist John Baldessari, and he collaborated with fellow bold artists like Paul McCarthy and Tony Oursler. The band Sonic Youth used Kelley's work on the album cover for "Dirty" released in 1992.

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KEYWORDS: badart; junkart; laughablybadart
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Phillips, de Pury & Company,“Deodorized Central Mass With Satellites” (1991-99), an installation by Mike Kelley sold for $2.7 million at Phillips, de Pury & Company.

No comment.

1 posted on 02/07/2012 2:18:33 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

“”... Artists like that don’t come around very often.”

Given the above picture, thank God.


2 posted on 02/07/2012 2:19:44 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: BenLurkin

If that’s what I had to show for 57 years on the planet, I might suck on the tail pipe too.


3 posted on 02/07/2012 2:20:43 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: BenLurkin

Those look like somebody put The California Raisins through a blender.


4 posted on 02/07/2012 2:24:04 PM PST by Argus
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like the crap I have to pretend to like that my grand-daughter brings home from pre-school.


5 posted on 02/07/2012 2:24:29 PM PST by mom4melody
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like somebody put The Fruit of the Loom guys through a blender.


6 posted on 02/07/2012 2:25:33 PM PST by Argus
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To: BenLurkin; Tijeras_Slim

It reminds me of the plush disease microbes from ThinkGeek.com. One of my daughters got “Common Cold” and “Bubonic Plague” with some of her Christmas money.


7 posted on 02/07/2012 2:26:20 PM PST by Tax-chick (Email your grandmother!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Hey you, 10 minutes in time out...

5 for me for laughing.

8 posted on 02/07/2012 2:26:40 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Yo Mitt - Money can't buy you love...)
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To: BenLurkin

After looking at this guys crap I’m beginning to believe that tattoos truly are art.


9 posted on 02/07/2012 2:29:10 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: Tax-chick
The ThinkGeek stuff looks MUCH better...
10 posted on 02/07/2012 2:30:25 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
"Kelley's notable works included a...tiny rendition of Superman's extraterrestrial birthplace encased in a glass jug..."

I did one of those when I was a kid...


11 posted on 02/07/2012 2:31:51 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Argus

“Looks like somebody put The Fruit of the Loom guys through a blender.”

Hysterically funny!!!!

There was a time I taught Arts and Crafts classes and gave the little kids pompoms, cotton balls, ribbon, etc to create some object. Their results looked just like this only smaller.


12 posted on 02/07/2012 2:32:41 PM PST by freeagle
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To: BenLurkin

How daring. How influential.


13 posted on 02/07/2012 2:35:05 PM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: BenLurkin
Artists like that don't come around very often.

Not in my neighborhood they don't!

14 posted on 02/07/2012 2:38:18 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: BenLurkin

The black-and-white thingie is like if the Wicked Witch of the East were crushed by a falling cow, instead of a house, in the first color sequence of “The Wizard of Oz.”

I’d hesitate to call this stuff “art,” but there’s a bit of silly humor to it, at least.


15 posted on 02/07/2012 2:38:47 PM PST by Tax-chick (Email your grandmother!)
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To: BenLurkin

Yeah, “no comment” was all I could come up with as well.


16 posted on 02/07/2012 2:39:52 PM PST by Ditter
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To: BenLurkin

I love America, where a dude can sell a few pinatas for millions.


17 posted on 02/07/2012 2:41:01 PM PST by lurk
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To: BenLurkin

I wonder if he’ll be buried, or hung from a ceiling...


18 posted on 02/07/2012 2:41:21 PM PST by bcsco
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Kelley's life-size mannequin of Col. Sanders pulls back a drape to reveal a vitrine in which a tiny figure of Freud, psychoanalyst of childhood trauma complete with phallic cigar, has just stepped off a stage painted in swirling, psychedelic colors. A full-size version of the stage stands behind this sculptural tableau, while its image turns up as the set in a video, where the harem revolts against a princely male intruder. (LA Times)

19 posted on 02/07/2012 2:47:26 PM PST by Liz
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To: bcsco

“I wonder if he’ll be buried, or hung from a ceiling...”

Hung on a wall actually and they’ll call him Art.


20 posted on 02/07/2012 2:49:41 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe his suicide was performance art?


21 posted on 02/07/2012 2:50:29 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (I'm NOT smitten' with Mittens)
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To: BenLurkin

“ART” today,,,, can be a booger with a hair in it.


22 posted on 02/07/2012 2:52:30 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: BenLurkin

Who?


23 posted on 02/07/2012 2:57:32 PM PST by novascotianative
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like any pinata shop in East LA.


24 posted on 02/07/2012 2:58:39 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: BenLurkin

He certainly didn’t bring much beauty into the world.


25 posted on 02/07/2012 3:00:30 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Liz

They can stick the Colonel and Siggy baby in the coffin with him. They won’t be missed.


26 posted on 02/07/2012 3:01:20 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like Cold Stone and priced the same.


27 posted on 02/07/2012 3:08:50 PM PST by Domangart
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
“ART” today,,,, can be a booger with a hair in it.

Have you no TASTE?? The booger needs two hairs in it to qualify as "ART". C'mon, get with the program. :=)

28 posted on 02/07/2012 3:11:45 PM PST by Bob
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To: BenLurkin

Ever walked up to a real Picasso,that is when I knew their is some real mental illness in society.


29 posted on 02/07/2012 3:11:53 PM PST by PROTESTBYPROXY (We are screaming!)
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To: BenLurkin

Ever walked up to a real Picasso,that is when I knew there is some real mental illness in society!


30 posted on 02/07/2012 3:13:02 PM PST by PROTESTBYPROXY (We are screaming!)
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To: SgtHooper

Artist?

He should have been committed.


31 posted on 02/07/2012 3:13:24 PM PST by Liz
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To: Stormdog

How about stuffed and on all fourswith a carrot up his arse


32 posted on 02/07/2012 3:13:42 PM PST by tom paine 2
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Didn’t he have a gallery in Madrid NM ....to.....:o)


33 posted on 02/07/2012 3:13:51 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Bob

I went to computer tech school at Control Data in the mid 80’s.. Was going to be hired by NASA at the Glenn Center, but they had to hire a minority woman. Went to work night shift in a sheet metal shop to pay my bills. Pretty bitter about that. The Control Data school was a complete gov’ment scam.


34 posted on 02/07/2012 3:28:18 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Don’t forget brave. It takes true bravery to make art like this.


35 posted on 02/07/2012 3:29:06 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: BenLurkin

Artist? Being an artist myself and working hard to make something good these guys frustrate the heck out of me.

They make beaucoup bucks and then can’t cope...it’s hard not to feel they are spoiled.

I mean, at least when Van Gogh offed himself he left real art behind.

Sorry for anyone who loved him, but now the artworld vultures will raise the price on that junk.


36 posted on 02/07/2012 3:33:01 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9
Ah you tasteless uncultured mouthbreathing conservative philistines. You just don't appreciate the genius of such progessive, nuanced, boundary breaking art--just ask any liberal Occupier--they will be glad to explain.
37 posted on 02/07/2012 3:36:12 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Glitch! I have no clue why my post to another thread ended up here! However, I’m planning on doing a series of Booger/Hair ART, that will stun the Art World!


38 posted on 02/07/2012 3:36:34 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

“Ah you tasteless uncultured mouthbreathing conservative philistines. You just don’t appreciate the genius of such progessive, nuanced, boundary breaking art—just ask any liberal Occupier—they will be glad to explain.”

lol, or Yoko Ono...


39 posted on 02/07/2012 3:42:50 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: BenLurkin

Graffiti taggers have more talent.


40 posted on 02/07/2012 3:42:55 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: windcliff

ping


41 posted on 02/07/2012 3:45:09 PM PST by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Glitch! I have no clue why my post to another thread ended up here! However, I’m planning on doing a series of Booger/Hair ART, that will stun the Art World!

Your post to me did have me wondering where the connection was. :=)

42 posted on 02/07/2012 3:46:17 PM PST by Bob
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To: BenLurkin; Tijeras_Slim
Somehow we'll soldier on without him.


43 posted on 02/07/2012 3:49:58 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: mom4melody

man that is funny and so true......they bring home stuff and all we can do it smile and clap like a wind up monkey when really we wonder what is that? the grandson brought a glue cotton ball thingie that looked like dingleberries on toilet paper,but we laughed and clapped


44 posted on 02/07/2012 3:50:40 PM PST by advertising guy (Obama is a world class liar, but Eric Holder does it backwards and in high heels)
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To: BenLurkin

RIP.


45 posted on 02/07/2012 4:00:50 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: Stormdog

If he died on the floor, they would call him ‘Matt’


46 posted on 02/07/2012 4:01:57 PM PST by Fedupwithit ("Live free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: Yardstick

Very brave.

Bold and courageous.


47 posted on 02/07/2012 4:05:14 PM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: BenLurkin

I don’t get it man, I just don’t get it. I’m in the wrong line of work!


48 posted on 02/07/2012 4:10:50 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: lurk

I love it! Too bad there’s no place for comments after the article. Your’s would have been a perfect one.


49 posted on 02/07/2012 4:11:42 PM PST by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you got ta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: Fedupwithit

Or if he died in the pool - Bob.


50 posted on 02/07/2012 4:14:47 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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