Mike Kelley (1954-2012) was an American artist born known for contributions to the Californian art scene and is a seminal figure and influence within American contemporary art. Kelley received his MFA from 1978 the California Institute of the Arts (1978).
His work took many forms; drawing, assemblage, found objects, collage, sculpture, performance and video. Blending appropriation, formal abstraction, conceptualism and low or ‘trash’ culture simultaneously - Kelley helped develop and pioneer the bridging of critical perspectives on mass culture with an intimate knowledge and affection for kitsch to high-art institutions and galleries.
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