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Lot 436: Mike Kelley (b. 1954)

Post War and Contemporary Art - Afternoon Session

by Christie's

May 12, 2005

New York, NY, USA

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Description: The Poltergeist
seven gelatin silver prints
one: 42 x 64 1/4 in. (106.7 x 163.2 cm.)
one: 42 x 29 1/4 in. (106.7 x 74.3 cm.)
one: 42 x 34 1/2 in. (106.7 x 87.6 cm.)
four: 42 x 31 1/2 in. (106.7 x 80 cm.)
overall: 84 x 202 in. (213.4 x 513 cm.)
Executed in 1979. This work is unique. (8)

Provenance: Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles

Artist or Maker: Mike Kelley (b. 1954)

Exhibited: Los Angeles, Foundation for Art Resources, The Poltergeist: A Work Between David Askevold and Mike Kelley, 1979.
Kunsthalle Basel; Portikus Frankfurt; London, Institute of Contemporary Art, Mike Kelly, April-July 1992, pp. 12, 14 and 15.
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Stockholm, Moderna Museet; Mike Kelley, November 1993-Fall 1994, pp. 18 and 19 (illustrated).
Brunswick, Bowdoin College Museum of Art; Kansas City, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; and Austin Museum of Art; The Disembodied Spirit, September 2003-November 2004 (illustrated).

Literature: M. Kelly, Southern California Art Magazine, "The Poltergeist", September-October 1980, no. 28, p. 57-58 (illustrated, detail)
M. Kelly, Mike Kelley: Anti-Aesthetic of Excess and Supremacy of Alienation, Tokyo 1996, p. 43 (illustrated, detail).
J. Welchman, I, Graw and A. Vidler, Mike Kelley, London, 1999, p. 86 (illustrated; detail).
N. Rosenthal, Apocalypse: Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art, New York 2000, p. 117 (illustrated).
J.C. Welchman, Mike Kelley: Minor Histories: Statements, Conversations, Proposals, Boston 2004, p. 253 (illustrated).

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