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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Vienna, Generali Foundation, Mary Kelly, Post-Partum Document. The Complete Work (1973-79), September 25 – December 20, 1998
    Dallas Museum of Art, Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dallas Museum of Art, November 21, 2006 – May 20, 2007
    New York, Hessel Museum of Art, The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art, September 27, 2008 – February 1, 2009
    Vienna, Generali Foundation, Against Method. The Collection Seen by Gertrud Sandqvist, September 13 – December 22, 2013
    Santa Cruz, Sesnon Gallery, Complicated Labours, February 5 – March 15, 2014
    Dallas, The Warehouse, Rachofsky House, Doubles, Dobros, Pliegues, Pares, Twins, Mitades, July 10, 2017 – April 14, 2018

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mary Kelly

    Born 1941, Fort Dodge, Iowa

    1963 BA College of Saint Teresa, Winona, Minnesota
    1965 MA Pius XII Institute, Florence, Italy
    1970 Postgraduate Certificate, St Martin’s School of Art, London

    Selected museum exhibitions:
    Berwick Street Collective, Portadown, Ireland (2014); Tate Britain, London (2013); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2010); University of California, Irvine (2007); Generali Foundation, Vienna (1998); Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, New York (1992); New Museum of Contemporary Art (1990); University Art Museum, Brisbane (1982); Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1977); Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1976, 1993)
    Selected honors: Honorary Doctorate, Lund University, Sweden (2017); John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2015); Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2012); Greater London Arts Association Visual Arts Award (1980); Arts Council of Great Britain Visual Arts Award (1977)
    Selected public collections: Art Gallery of Ontario; Kunsthaus Zürich; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Tate Britain, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Whitney Museum of American Art

    Mary Kelly’s artistic practice engages with theoretical and social concerns, feminist consciousness, and documentation of her own life. Her groundbreaking Post-Partum Document, 1973-1979, uses motherhood as an impetus for artmaking. Primapara, a medical term for first-time mothers, is a related series. According to Kelly: “Primapara is the attempt to document my first experience of pregnancy, childbirth, and childcare.” In Primapara, Bathing Series, 1974, she presents a grid of small-format, black-and-white photographs that fragment her infant son’s features: eyes, ears, hair, and mouth. These close-cropped images implicitly contrast their artistic presentation with her own experience bathing her baby.


Primapara, Bathing Series

twelve gelatin silver prints
each 3 x 4 1/4 in. (7.6 x 11 cm.)
This is number 1 AP from an edition of 3 plus one artist proof.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019